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Dec 7, 2023Liked by John Carter

The idea that only the State can provide security is, of course, nonsense. There have always been many different institutions that promote security of some sort: family, church, brotherhood, community, guild. The State cannot function without them but it won’t stop them from trying.

Family secures biological life. Church secures spiritual life of a community with its complex of poetics, imperatives, and rituals. Brotherhood secures men’s access to emotional, marital, and organizational powers that would build up a civilization to secure their progeny’s future. Community is build up out of the common mores such as “driving on the right side of road. The guild secures economic life of a community and can even expand into international trade like the Hanseatic League while limiting foreign competition. The State may be apparent but it really cannot perform any function done by those five. Even the police cannot be anywhere, not when the public school teachers are the largest governmental employee group. Even under USSR, you still depend on your neighbors for insurance and security. No high tech will change this fact for the oligarchy and it showed in their preferences for Jackson Hole and the like.

When the five are networked well, it can scale up very easily, if we visualize those five as like honeycombs connecting to each other by the weak ties. We do need a State but not that much.

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Dec 8, 2023·edited Dec 8, 2023Liked by John Carter

And even state security (military, police) act more like PMCs now i.e. Private Military Contractors doing the bidding of their parasitic masters... the central banks.

To be fair... without the vast network of naval power securing the supply routes for much of the worlds commerce we wouldn't even be here tippy tapping on these newfangled devices Made in China.

Most important of course are the petroleum and other essential resource trade routes. If these were not "protected" by the military security provided by these state run PMCs we'd be toast in a matter of months.

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Dec 8, 2023·edited Dec 8, 2023Liked by John Carter

This is the main reason for the conflict in Ukraine and Near East and Armenia today. They are all key points of connection for China’s Silk Road 2.0 project between Germany and China, bypassing the naval lanes. Which is the last thing the Globalists wanted. They doesn’t want anyone to be independent of their control over capital, food, power, manufactured goods, and information. But it’s a fool’s errand to try stopping it. Too many people are invested in it.

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by John Carter

Yes, the supranational conglomerate of globalist corporations is on its last legs IMO. I call them the Elite Master Farmers. That's how they like to see themselves. I believe they've lied about a great number of things to maintain a system of false scarcity to their benefit. That doesn't mean that others haven't benefited from their system. They have, but it could be so much better.

Don't count your chickens too soon though... Italy has said they want nothing to do with the new Silk Road. Others have said that it's already falling apart and failing on arrival.

I think we'll get a mixed outcome with some potential leaps forward in energy solutions as well as materials science which should lift a few more boats regardless of what happens in the short term.

I also think America still has some military cards up their sleeve that wold tip the balance in their favor if push came to shove.

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This guest article why I am on Substack. Beautifully written piece that hits every aspect of the motives of the deep state embedded in the US.

I especially love how she points out that the education system is designed to eliminate the critical thinking questions and focus on narrowly constructed paradigms, narratives, as irrefutable facts.

Shifting to a digital internet based “library of facts and information” Google, Wikipedia etc has enabled puppeteers to be able to change the past facts with a computer keystroke.

My personal library of real books is a treasure of knowledge and history that they cannot change to suit their new narratives. Sadly, they capture and control the masses who have gone 100% search engine internet for their facts.

Awesome stuff with this post. Thanks so very much for sharing it.

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by John Carter

I'll have to return to this and re-read it but first impressions/reactions from a quick summary read:

Mona Sahlin... oh the shame! She is almost universally reviled or mocked here, her having been a figure of scorn and scandal well before the radical phalanx of the Socialist Democrat party annointed her as party leader, and act which almost obliterated the party's voter base. To show what kind of person she is, this little anecdote might serve:

In the 1990s, when unemployment among non-white non-european migrants was not covered-up the way it is today (it's about 60%), she appointed to professors of economics and statistics to have look and see if they could find the reason for the high unemployment rate in that group, her understated point being that it was due to "racist discrimination".

Problem was, no proof of such could be found, not even in single digits. Swedish employers simply didn't care about race - at all. Only competence and references and personality. Sahlin then fired the researchers in a borderline illegal way and tried to have their report classified as "state secrets". This led to a scandal and an outcry of protest from our academics.

She then appointed an iranian expat - not a refugee but a regime-loyal academic, and outright told him to find the "racist discrimination she knew existed", which he of course did. For this, he was rewarded with tenure at a university, where he since then has made a name for himself, threatening colleagues with rape and murder, among other things.

I could tell Mona-stories all day, but let me just say that she would have fitted in perfectly in the USSR, not because she's a communist but because she has the soul of a true appratchik and a politruk.

Fear. Why fear, has anyone ever asked why fear was made the guiding principle for western nations after the Cold War? (Before 199- it was fear of aggression from the East/West bloc, a concrete fear grounded in reality.) Since then it's been Fear as a concept, not real fear of real things. Anyone ever wondered why?

Because all the other emotional states you can build on demand actual real effecutal action against something real and tangible.

Fear doesn't. Fear can be fought off with rituals and amulets and magic chants - that's why temples and cults exist in the first place, to soothe those fears that cannot be fought and defeated by human action. And now, our nations have been turned into cults worshipping Fear, appeasing Fear the God with ritual sacrifice and scourgings of the flesh of the body of society.

I don't fear.

I rage.

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by John Carter

> I don't fear.

> I rage.

Love it.

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It's an interesting piece of the puzzle, an alternate way of explaining how we got here, but I return ever to the Iron Laws. Think Kipling's "Gods of the Copybook Headings."

This kind of idiocy will last only so long as it takes for things to start to come unglued. Something something 9 missed meals something civilization...

It's interesting to consider that the federal government is largely a parasitic entity that sits atop the confederation of states, in the same way the Lord in Brussels continue to exert control over the EU member Countries. At some point, fedgov/EU will have bled dry the productive, and then the farms don't produce, and the people won't eat ze bugs, and eventually politicians wind up decorating lampposts.

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by John Carter

Counter-point: the Lords of Brussels (lovely phrase!) will employ their new demos against the old.

The new demos will happily comply, knowing full well that they'll simply out-breed the old Lords eventually.

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Excellent Counter, Rikard. I'll add a Counter(er)-point:

Both Les Hautes du Brusseaux and the new Demos - even if successful - will eventually succumb on a long enough time scale.

"As I pass through my incarnations in every age and race,

I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.

Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,

And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.

...

In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,

By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;

But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,

And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "If you don't work you die.""

Eventually, even if Whitey is no longer in charge or even here -

"As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man

There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.

That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,

And the burnt Fool's bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins

When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,

As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,

The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!"

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'Cognitive security' is what they're calling it. It's not the state ensuring that we have freedom from fear, it's the state setting the rules on what type of fear can be imposed upon society.

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by John Carter

Ossified society will not survive. Flexibility will return, or the society will collapse. Welcome to the new dark ages.

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by John Carter

Thanks for stating the obvious, Obvious.

I just couldn't resist.

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The last paragraph should raise the hairs on any rationally cogent individual. We've allowed this, and we continue to allow it with petty infighting, playing spiteful political games and allowing our media and elected officials to go unaccountable -- for decades. We're reaping the harvest of our reckless and selfish indifference in the bushels of malfeasance seen in big tech, politicized science and the strangleholds of ideological delusions. There is no security when the state targets one part of its own people due to grift and ideological poisoning. Our founding fathers were either accidentally brilliant, or supernaturally inspired.

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by John Carter

I think she needs to change the tone of her article to the past tense. What she predicts and diagnoses is a done deal. Absent an absolute tsunami of an uprising led by leaders/politicians who have the stones and the courage to take a meat cleaver to large sections of our Federal Government, it's too late. I'm talking about absolutely closing down and locking the doors of hundreds of government agencies, starting with the most repressive like the Dept of Education, Dept of Energy, the EPA and continue with all the hundreds of departments, agencies, etc., most of which we've never even heard of. Declare the Patriot Act to be unconstitutional and delete it. Dismantle the Central Federal Reserve. Declare the Administrative Procedure Act to be unconstitutional and dismantle it. Dismantle the FBI and the CIA and replace them with a more responsible and responsive agency. Follow up with a total downsizing/revision of the bloated welfare agencies, ban the unionization of government employees, eliminate the GS system, seal our borders, and deport as many of the tens of millions that are here illegally. Do this with the goal of putting the people back in charge of the government and of ourselves.

The problem is that there are now at least two entire generations of youth who have been passed through a US education system that has focused on teaching no (or heavily revised) history, no civics, and dismissed critical thinking skills as being an evil. Instead, these kids have been thoroughly indoctrinated and rendered compliant in believing that Climate Change, DIE, Critical Theory, the Gender lunacy, BLM, Censorship, apartheid, and the entire Woke agenda, etc., are good and right, and that meritocracy, achievement, self-sacrifice, faith, community, and parents are bad.

Attributed to Abraham Lincoln is the quote "What is taught in the classroom in this generation will be practiced in the legislature in the next generation." We are seeing this concept in practice now as we suffer from the consequences of these policies that were popularized by the 60's radicals. Think of the immense influence people like Bernadine Dohrn and the murderer William Ayers had on Obama, and of Hillary's often stated hero worshiping of Saul Alinsky. We have to face the fact that our education system, over the last 20 years, has just cranked out millions of zombified adherents of these very same ideologies and over the next 50+ years, what we are seeing now will become that much worse as they grow up. And it's not their fault because we let this happen to them.

We are just now beginning to realize that we are the victims of a soft revolution and now that the fanatics and faceless bureaucrats are in charge, the hard and bloody part will become the norm. We are just now beginning to realize that our immediate future consists of living under the increasingly restrictive tyranny of the doublethink inherent in DEI. And, yes. Eventually, as all totalitarian systems do, it will fail. The problem is the sheer amount of damage and destruction they will inflict on all of us along the way to their eventual failure. Increasingly, what they are doing to the "January 6'ers", what they are doing to President Trump, what they did to Gen. Flynn, to all the people they are still openly and unapologetically destroying thru the fawning compliance of the media, Google, Facebook, etc., the use of "Disinformation" and "Hate Speech", tells me that they are becoming more and more comfortable with wielding the repression, and the gloves are starting to come off. Hold on to your hats, it's going to be a long and bumpy ride.

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Dec 8, 2023·edited Dec 8, 2023Liked by John Carter

I don't think that the current ruling class is ready to go for full Soviet-style hard power oppression yet. They definitely considering it though, think about the "Dark Brandon" PR experiment. That could be seen as a sort of market research, to assess, how would the plebs react. They are not ready for it. Yet.

In my opinion if TPTB are smart, the most likely scenario is that for everybody's "great surprise", they will let a Trojan boomer president like Trump or maybe RFK Jr. to win next year. He will do some superficial "swamp draining", a few inconsequential changes will be done: like they will dial down the tranny stuff, even some low ranking useful idiots might be thrown under the bus.

The cuck-right will be allowed to declare victory. The plebs will stop to being restless and go back stuffing their face with junk food, and watching "muh sports" on the TV. It will all feel like "the golden age of the 90's" again. (Which would be actually a huge improvement honestly.)

Meanwhile the most destructive stuff will continue: illegal immigration, money printing, commie brainwashing of the youth etc. Then after waiting a decade, when most of the current "domestic terrorist troublemakers" will be too old, and dull to do anything about it, then they will go full Soviet.

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by John Carter

Highly plausible when it comes to the apparent tension and dissension in the ranks, I think we're sometimes seeing (or I'm imagining, that's equally possible).

The 65+ group, whether politicians or oligarchs? They want it all and they want it now, because time is running out for them.

Their underlings in the 40+ range can afford to wait, for them it's win/win either way.

And the "Young Turks" to re-use an old term for all this just can't help pushing the envelope since they still have the fire of the true believer.

We may be heading for a confrontation between the up-and-coming group and the old guard, all over the West, with the 40+ group trying to ride it out and co-opt any emerging actual real popular movements to create and cement a powerbase of their own.

Bleh, "may", "plausible", "possible", "could be" - sounds like I'm a haruspex or something.

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Dec 9, 2023·edited Dec 9, 2023Liked by John Carter

"Trying to ride it out." That is exactly what I see from the GenX everywhere, with a very few exceptions. They understand the the situation, some of them have known it from their childhood, still they seem to have absolutely zero concern even about the short term future of their own children (just like the boomers). It's really tragic honestly.

All generations seem to be compliant with this self-destructive agenda though. In my simplified view: the Boomers are just pure, selfish (Palpatine level) evil, the GenX are the ultimate cynical, intellectual cowards, and the Millennials (my generation) are the stupidest f*cks ever born, serving as the foot soldiers of the boomer agenda without realizing it.

The only hope is GenZ, they are such a blank slate, unaware of anything historical, meanwhile very volatile and seemingly not afraid of violence. They might just burn the whole clown house down while bumbling around confused. Which might be a net positive actually.

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Dec 9, 2023Liked by John Carter

People born in the late 1960s and during the 1970s straddle a specific position:

They were the first generation for a long, long time who faced poorer prospects than their parents and grandparents.

Lower actual wages, as in buying power. Enormously higher taxes - 1970s was when taxation of individuals instead of households really took off.

Environmental destruction for profit. Et cetera, you know the litany I guess.

And then comes 1989 and the Wall falls, peacefully. And the Warsaw pact goes away. And so does the USSR - it's peace in out time, for real this time.

1990s optimism, freeing up travel and trade, everything looks to be coming up smelling of roses.

And then 9/11 happens and the X:ers realise that nope - the arab world, the moslem world, the Others to use pomo-terms - they still hate us, all of us, just for not being them; but the X:ers and younger?

Their elders, still stuck in a frame of reference where the West is eternally Top Dog by decree of Fate, call them racists and phobes and jails them for protesting and make political decisions even worse and more, just to show who's boss. From economy and finance to entertainment you could see this during the 1990s: "Oh? You don't like our policies? Well, little ingrates we'll just do them twice as hard then!".

Now, the Mills are milling about- true communist-capitalists in spirit because they have no concept of Nation, People or anything like that; "It's just me myself and I" all the time, online. Ego, video sum, or something. "I'm being viewed, therefore I am".

The Zoomies? Doomies. Lost. Void. Hollow. But: on the cinders of the old can be heaped the kindling of the Mills, and the faggots of the Zoomies.

Or not. Most Zoomies fully believe all people are equal after all, not understanding why it makes a difference if you have 5 000 000 austrians in Austria, or 5 000 000 negros.

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I'm a bit more optimistic about the zoomers. A lot of the boys quietly understand that everything is fucked, and that their elders have been lying to them.

Whether that's enough to do anything is a good question, but their hearts are full of resentment towards the regime. They got the boot pressed into their faces harder than anyone, are offered less than nothing in return, and those who aren't broken by it have a clarity of understanding the Xs and millennials lacked entirely.

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Dec 9, 2023Liked by John Carter

The lowest ebb is the turning of the tide, as someone famous once said.

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So, what if I am inclined to the near total destruction of the State and technocracy?

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I won't stop you.

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by John Carter

If you can wreck the state without wrecking the nation, go for it.

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Sounds good

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Where do I sign up?

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There is nothing yet to sign, maybe more like a silent pledge.

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Cometh the hour...

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A wonderfully written and researched article, Dr. Monika truly has a way with words, just as you do good sir. This article elucidates a great deal about a part of the puzzle, namely how states once operated and how they operate now.

The truth is that 'once upon a time' they operated as an extension of the desires of the citizenry/people, and now they operate against them.

The Treaty of Westphalia was a turning point, it must be recognised and I'm glad to see it getting more and more recognition.

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Ontological security means spending so much time preparing for threats on the horizon that you ignore all the threats that have already run your pockets.

https://open.substack.com/pub/argomend/p/book-smart-and-street-smart?r=28g8km&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web

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This is an excellent explanation, of what I've been laboring (poorly) to explain to anyone crazy enough to listen to me. There is an intentional, ever present and evolving underlying fabric/mechanism, that all these "things" ride on, that we see manifested around us. be it policies, agendas, burgeoning academic theory or radical action in real time.

Much like the well know graphic of orbs riding on the fabric of space/time, our existence rides on a flexing and ever changing web, that we had no hand on weaving.

This substrate, contrived by bureaucrats and academics of the past have been passed along and built upon. It float below the masses it ensnares and affects. As this piece points out, the machinations are not for the benefit and prosperity of the people, but the protection and maintenance of the apparatus, the regimes, or the agendas which are abstract in nature - not based in people, but in ideas. This is why the oppression, abuse, and murder of the common people (chattel), is done without a second thought. Their deference is to the agenda/idea, that must be protected at all costs

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That this well written and argued truth bomb is too spicy for modern academia, reinforces the progress of the State's inner-colonization of it's own people...on money it steals from them.

Ontological, epistemological, and physical security are an illusion. That the mediocrities that rule us could bring them about is some dark comedy. I guess this is some sort of civilizational entropy we are experiencing across Western Civilization.

Fantastic essay and cool art to boot. Bravo.

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by John Carter

Re: education, John Taylor Gatto is required reading.

Love the art selection. I have quite a few of these sitting in folders, but cribbed from the internet without attribution. Thanks for associating a name and art movement to them for me!

If your guest would be interested in turning that art education she provided you into an essay, I would be very interested in reading it.

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... knowledge + action = security and freedom

... ignorance + fear = purpetual slavery.

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Precisely.

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by John Carter

The State's appetite for power is insatiable. It does not want you to have freedom, or knowledge, or freedom from fear. It wants you - needs you - to be ignorant and afraid.

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