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Average Americans have lived in unprecedented prosperity in the time period of American dominance in the planetary Empire system in the period 1944-2008. Only recently however has the popular fear of the “New World Order” been promulgated in public. I’ve seen the spread of the idea of a coming NWO since 2008 when I began propaganda for a planetary Republic. The fear is that global governance is coming, and will take away the cherished freedoms of Americans. The root of this fear is of course that since the American public has been fully under the sway of complete propaganda since the verld dominator cabal which included Harry Truman took over and created a fully secret power structure with control of the corporate press, the American public did not realize that their so-caled freedoms and prosperity fully depended on being the privileged society in a pyramidical global power structure. They were made to believe that they were free while they lived in a fantasy world, and their reaction to a vague recognition that all is not what it seems from the imagined community they had lived in constructed by those who control the corporate media and government is the panic of a pyramidical dystopia of the future. This dystopia has been clear to those who have been lower in the pyramid since the end of the second world war. Global governance has been the case from the inception of UN Security Council.

There is no need for fear of something that has been the case. If Americans fully understand that they will lose their privileges in the coming changes, and that demanding a true planetary Republic is the only way to keep the bottom from falling in for their remaining privileges, we can speed up the process towards a just political system for everyone. No amount of military know-how or gadgetry can stem the fall of America within the planetary pyramid, if one is still functioning. A flat structure is the best Americans and Europeans can expect from the current political state of the planet.

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I am interested in seeing the end of the three Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. However, an interim question of interest is the issue of whether Christianity or Islam is more violent. Historically, by the actual activity of those under the sway of Christianity, there is little doubt that Christianity is more violent. But more interesting is the conclusion of religion scholar Philip Jenkins that “the Bible contains far more verses praising or urging bloodshed than does the Quran.”

Many people in the west especially have ridiculous views of both Islam and the history of peoples under the sway of Islam. An excellent scholarly text for the history of early Islam is that by Andre Wink. This text alone can put some perspective on western views of Islam and its history that can balance the continuous barrage of propaganda on corporate media that would depict Muslims as extremist militants by Pavlovian techniques. There are 1.2 billion Muslims on the planet, but the propaganda technique relies of focusing western attention only to the militant activity, which of course skews the western public’s views about Muslims generally. This serves those who gain from the public support for warfare in different parts of the world.

The claims above would seem absurd, perhaps, to those who have internalised the notion that Islam is a ‘religion of war’, and the corporate media depiction of Sunni militants do no favor to the view of Muslims as violent extremists.  This skewed view is carefully cultivated because of an imperial agenda of the America-led western empire for resources such as oil, which is a concern partly because America has a daily oil demand of 20 million barrels per day.  But this must be put in the historical context of violence.  Christians began the Crusades for their aims in historical Palestine where the demographics tell us part of the story:

In his paper ‘Demography in Israel/Palestine: Trends, Prospects and Policy Implications’[7] Sergio DellaPergola, drawing on the work of Bachi (1975), provides rough estimates of the population of Palestine west of the River Jordan by religion groups from the 1st century onwards summarised in the table below.

Year Jews Christians Muslims Total1
First half 1st century CE Majority ~2,500²
5th century Minority Majority >1st century
End 12th century Minority Minority Majority >225
14th cent. before Black Death Minority Minority Majority 225
14th cent. after Black Death Minority Minority Majority 150
1533–1539 5 6 145 157
1690–1691 2 11 219 232
1800 7 22 246 275
1890 43 57 432 532
1914 94 70 525 689
1922 84 71 589 752
1931 175 89 760 1,033
1947 630 143 1,181 1,970

One also must take into account Christian violence in the ethnic cleansing of the New World, both in North and South America, the conduct of two World Wars in the past century which were primarily events involving Christian imperatives.  During the hiatus between the fall of the Roman Empire and the European Renaissance, the Islamic activity in the East concentrated in the Indian Ocean where the Portuguese brought gunships to begin their sea empire by controlling that sea trade by a few outposts.  And of course the type of violence used by Christianity included such things as atomic bombing of civilian cities of Japan in 1945 which was hidden from the American public for a long time.

Now there is a logic to suicide terrorism, although I condemn it and all terrorist activity which I define as physical violence against civilians for political goals:  Professor Robert Pape distills the logic of suicide terrorism as a strategy deployed against modern democratic militaries against what is perceived by the terrorist as occupation of their homeland, which is not limited to Sunni Islam as we can see it in Tamil separatists in Sri Lanka for example.  Another important fact is that there was never a suicide terrorist act in Iraq before the 2003 American-led invasion of Iraq to support Pape’s view.

The reason to point out these issues of Islam and violence is precisely that our prejudices about Islam can bury the historical truth by our current political views.  Moreover, we live in an age of propaganda unparalleled in history where state and corporate propaganda substitutes for historical truth.  In these dark times, it is important to question our own ideological beliefs with care.  Islamophobia is not merely a problem of ignorance of people but in fact is spread by well-funded and well-organized groups, on which Max Blumenthal had done some interesting work.  Demonizing Islam and Muslims have reached such a fever pitch in no small part by efforts not merely in state education system but in Hollywood films, for example, which also has a direct input from the American military.  An April 2009 poll found that 54% of Christian faithful in America support the torture of suspected terrorist (presumably Muslim).  At least from American Muslims polled in August 2011, 78% felt that violence that harms civilians is never justified.

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In “The Grand Chessboard”, Brzezinski had pointed out the American imperatives in Eurasia. It has vast human and mineral resources, and thus American interests are to ensure that no political bloc had the strength to expel America from its decisive arbitration role. This is not a new book, but Brzezinski was the National Security Advisor during the crucial period of the region’s history when the Islamic revolution expelled the American puppet government in April 1979. Brzezinski recommended CIA help the mujahideen in Afghanistan by July 1979 against the communist government there drawing Russians in to protect it late December 1979. This was a “balancing” for the Cold War frontier. America had lost control of Iran, gained by a CIA coup in 1953, and Russians had to expend their military energies in a protracted war in Afghanistan for geostrategic “balance” of power. The Russians devastated Afghanistan and finally withdrew in 1987, and in between Reagan sang paeans to the Afghani freedom fighters, dedicating the 1982 flight of space shuttle Columbia to them.

Now in all this geostrategic American interest, there is absolutely no concern for the destruction of the civil life of the entire region either by the Americans or the Russians, as busy as they have been with their “balance of power”. Even today, they have racist views about Afghanis. Brzezinski considers them medieval beyond the capacity for civilization — which begs the question of his own capacity for civilization for me, but let me not digress on that irrelevant point.

It is clear to me that America has not been very successful in building useful civil infrastructure in Afghanistan, that since their invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 after a false flag operation they had even underestimated the proportion of the population sympathetic to the Taliban — around a third of the country from my impression, and after nine years of enormous resources spent (around $670 billion military budget last year) they have agreed to move out in 2014, which gives the Taliban default “victory” because it’s their land and they can just wait there. Patreus’ plan, if one can call it a plan seriously, is to defeat the Taliban and force them to the negotiating table, and The New York Times has been cheering on this ridiculous plan by giving all sorts of localized “good news” of how the insurgents have been “quieted”. They can be quiet for strategic reasons, obviously. They KNOW that Americans have already set a time to withdraw.

Now to my main point, which is that the strategic winner in all this mess is Turkey, because Turkey has decided to allow Taliban to open an office in Turkey, which will legitimize the Taliban as a political organization independently of Afghanistan. This is a much more serious geostrategic political move than seems on the surface. Indeed, I claim this is a “checkmate” move for influence on the region, regardless of the maneuverings of American military, CIA, and the Pakistani intelligence and military. Why? Because despite all the propaganda in the western press, the Taliban are a third of Afghanistan with a tremendous amount of potential political energy if organized wisely.

Turkey is one of the very few Muslim majority nations that has gone through a secularization process. In 1922 it abolished the Sultanate and in 1924 Caliphship. They are uniquely positioned to bring genuine political change to the region which America neither has the skills nor the wilingness to do since their concern is to control the resources. A book is coming out about Bush’s negotiations with the Taliban well before 9/11 of either you give us oil for a carpet of gold or we deliver carpet of bombs. This from an American President does not engender any faith in the rhetoric of concern for the well-being of the condition of women, for example. The actual events have borne out the things written by Brzezinski in his book long before 2001.

It may be that Turkey wants imperial style influence on the region with Iran. But even that sort of influence is beneficial to the people of the region who have been duped and lied to and killed while the rhetoric of liberty and democracy and whatnot has never stopped. Turkey’s imperial concerns, if any, are still preferable for the people because Turkey is not across the ocean sending occupation troops but is attempting to spread its own cultural imperatives to the region devastated by Russia, by America, and lacking any civilian infrastructure.

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The forecourt of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, according to a travelogue writer had the Greek “Gnothi seuton” or “know thyself” which has become yet another phrase that has become commonplace in the modern world, and whose meaning as abused as the word ‘Republic’.

Self-knowledge could mean almost anything, and such a phrase becomes meaningless when applied without any standard. Are there non-trivial aspects or non-banal aspects of self-knowledge that are worth considering central? I believe there are. Every human being has within himself or herself spiritual darkness, for example, but the modern culture makes it far easier for us to avoid gazing at it. Given this condition of the race, it is incumbent on anyone commenting on “know thyself” to point out that those who claim self-knowledge without knowledge of theri own inner darkness are precisely the most self-deceptive of the humans.

Above, I have given a non-trivial criterion for self-knowledge, the knowledge of one’s inner darkness, without which we are mere children in our spiritual journey. But perhaps there is a more fundamental reason why the issue of self-knowledge is relevant and not simply a topic of parlor conversation for entertainment. From a great deal of experience attempting to adjust to external ideas of success, of seeking respect and approval of society, of attempting to find my place in the world, I had taken the view for a long time that it was perhaps possible to suspend my disbelief of the social structures, of attempting to fit into some of the molds that seemed open to me, of taking on roles and lifestyles to glide through life with some comfort and respectability. In an extended experience attempting to do so, from 1995-2008, in various ways, led to the inevitable conclusion that any attempt to live by any way that is not a natural expression of the internal self, regardless of positive or negative evaluation of others, of everyone else on the planet, is doomed to tragic internal failure. The real reason that self-knowledge is fundamental is that it is impossible to be happy in any form of existence that is not a natural expression of our internal selves. Self-knowledge is thus not merely cosmetic but essential for us to be functional and happy at all.

The observation above immediately leads back to the question of whether the planetary political system, even theoretically, can allow us to have the opportunity to live as expressions of our inner selves, which is a necessary condition for human happiness. The answer, as we all know, is not by a long shot. We are a planet of 6.7 billion who are only too accepting of slavery and externalities dictating our collective lives, and instead of changing the entire system to something that could have some chance for happiness for all, we are caught up in the web of hatred and deception of all sorts of people we have never met so we fully accept fairy tales of how this or that group of people are evil from whose dangers we need protection and thus we should slave away at jobs that we hate and pay enormous taxes that will go into building fancier and fancier technologies that will rid us of various people who are surely going to come, fry our children in olive oil and perhaps even pepper the fried children before eating them.

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Ivan Pavlov in 1927 produced a theory of behavioral training for dogs which is also referred to as respondent conditioning. Euphemisms for this technique is associative learning. In this technique there is a neutral stimulus, a stimulus that does not produce a behavioral response, and a conditioned stimulus, one that does produce a behavioral response. During his research on the physiology of digestion in dogs, Pavlov noticed that, rather than simply salivating in the presence of meat powder (an innate response to food that he called the unconditioned response), the dogs began to salivate in the presence of the lab technician who normally fed them. Pavlov called these psychic secretions. From this observation he predicted that, if a particular stimulus in the dog’s surroundings were present when the dog was presented with meat powder, then this stimulus would become associated with food and cause salivation on its own. In his initial experiment, Pavlov used a bell to call the dogs to their food and, after a few repetitions, the dogs started to salivate in response to the bell.

Nations and religions use an exact analogue of this training to train minds of people to make certain associations and reinforce certain boundaries that cannot be transgressed without negative emotional responses. National school systems are typically used for this sort of indoctrination, of production of identity, of reinforcement of certain prejudices agains other human beings, of reacting to particular ways to the national anthem, to associate ideals with the symbols of the nation by rituals of different sorts, to consider certain national documents sacred and originary, to reinforce the mythologies of the nation as personal mythologies, and to reinforce certain judgments about historical events as canonical and beyond reproach. I shall come back to sharp examples.

Education system of the nationalists is simply one venue of indoctrination where textbooks are essentially polished propaganda for history. The western media by and large, controlled by a small group of elite reinforce a particular ideology and a particular reality. We see this explicitly in the empire of Rupert Murdoch, but we see this more explicitly in Rothschild ownership of Le Monde in France and partial ownership of The Economist. Indeed, there is an account of a J P Morgan study of media required to influence American public opinion from 1919.

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Legitimate human politics is spiritual, and based on the spiritual ideals of TRUTH, FREEDOM, and JUSTICE. Indeed, legitimate human politics is fully determined by only these three spiritual ideals. In Plato’s Gorgias, Socrates has the following exchange:

Socr. And, in the same way, do you think there is any vice in the soul?

Pol. Naturally.

Socr. Wouldn’t you call it injustice, or ignorance, or cowardice, or the like?

Pol. Certainly.

Socr. So then in material possessions, in body, and in soul, these three, you have postulated three defects, poverty, disease, injustice.

Pol. Yes.

Socr. Which, then, of these defects is the highest? Isn’t it injustice — in a word depravity of the soul?

The universe is a four dimensional sphere of a fixed radius, and our souls are composed of light and dark magnetic monopoles swimming in an ocean of spirit. This fact is clear to us when our third eyes are open, and otherwise we become too attached to the material universe of three dimensions. I have personally tested some very basic assumptions we have of physical needs. I have gone without almost any food for ten days or so; the world record for a hunger strike without fatality is much longer, at least 94 days. The point of my own exercise was partly to examine the foundational assumptions of the dominant political ideologies: both the left and the right politics makes assumptions of material needs of human beings that they feel are self-evident, that political organization must pay heed to material conditions and material ‘needs’ of human beings. This is a fallacy from my own experience and that of many others.

After having made foundational errors about human needs, revolutionary Marxism, which is based on a philosophy also called historical materialism, produces a myopic view of the human being and makes vast errors in producing a remedy. It looks at the poverty and wealth of people and fossilizes human categories into rich and poor, and then proceeds to provide unjust “solutions” to the problem which reduces essentially to the mantra that the poor or the working class should loot the property of the rich and give control to some demagogues. The results have not been as rosy as they had expected in Cuba, for example. There are deep reasons for this failure, and it is not because the private capital ideologues are right. It is because neither of these materialistic systems have much understanding of the spiritual nature of the ideals.

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Turkey and Iran are leaders of ECO, an economic co-operation organization headquartered in Tehran that includes Pakistan, Afghanistan and a number of Muslim ex-Soviet states. Turkey proposed joint military drills 50 km south of Istanbul of Afghani and Pakistani army as well as opening up of Taliban offices for reconciliation.

This is a brilliant Grand Chessboard move by Erdogan and puts the American Empire as well as the Pakistani Intelligence in check, which would explain why the CIA drone bombings in the Pakistan-Afghanistan region has been unusually intense, with 33 killed in the last two days alone and 116 sorties for the year.
The various “rebel” groups have no organization, as although they are called “Taliban” or “al Qaeda” generically, they are organized only in a nebulous way from what I can tell. If Turkey allows them to open political offices in Turkey, they will quickly organize politically and instantly become a political threat both in Afghanistan and much more so in Pakistan which has no real civilian infrastructure and the repressive and illegitimate ISI is not an organization that the people have any love for.

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