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Nuclear War: Just Another Day

Colin Todhunter

Catastrophic events that send the world into turmoil happen on ‘just another day’. The atom bomb that exploded over Hiroshima took place while thousands of ordinary folk were just going about their everyday business on ‘just another day’.

A missile attack on a neighbourhood in Gaza or a drone attack on unsuspecting civilians in Afghanistan: death and destruction come like a bolt from the blue as people shop at the local market or take their kids to school on ‘just another day’.

Will it be ‘just another day’ when the next nuclear bomb is exploded in anger, an ordinary day when people are just going about their daily business? By then it might be too late to do anything, too late to act to try to prevent an unfolding global catastrophe on a scale never before witnessed by humans.

Yet so many appear too apathetic and wrapped up in a world of gadgets, technology, shopping malls, millionaire sports players and big-time sports events to think that such a thing could be imminent.

Are they so preoccupied with the machinations of their own lives in cotton-wool cocooned societies to think that what is happening in Syria or Iraq is just too boring to follow or that it doesn’t really concern them or it is ‘not my problem’?

Do they think they are untouchable, that only death, war and violence happens in faraway places?

Could any of us even contemplate that on some not-too-distant day a series of European cities could be laid waste within a matter of minutes? It isn’t worth thinking about. Or is it.

The US (and the West’s) foreign policy is being driven on the basis of fake morality and duplicity. Millions lie dead in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Libya as a result of US-led imperialism, and nuclear-armed Russia is constantly demonised simply because it will not acquiesce to Washington and serve as a vassal state.

And now, as the US continues to stir up tensions with Iran and as China warns neighbouring countries about allowing US nuclear missiles aimed at it on their territories, much of the Western public and media remain oblivious to the dangers of conflict escalation and the biggest immediate threat to all life on Earth: nuclear war.

The threat of mass murder

Some fell to the ground and their stomachs already expanded full, burst and organs fell out. Others had skin falling off them and others still were carrying limbs. And one in particular was carrying their eyeballs in their hand.”

The above extract comes from an account by a Hiroshima survivor talking about the fate of her schoolmates. In 2016, it was read out in the British parliament by Scottish National Party MP Chris Law during a debate about Britain’s nuclear arsenal.

In response to a question from MP George Kereven, the then British PM Theresa May said without hesitation that, if necessary, she would authorise the use of a nuclear weapon that would kill hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children. May also implied that those wishing to scrap Britain’s nuclear weapons are siding with the nation’s enemies.

Politicians like May read from a script devised by elite interests. This transnational capitalist class dictates global economic policies and decides on who lives and who dies and which wars are fought and inflicted on which people.

The mainstream narrative tends to depict individuals who belong to this class as ‘wealth creators’. In reality, however, these ‘high flyers’ have stolen ordinary people’s wealth, stashed it away in tax havens, bankrupted economies and have imposed a form of globalisation that results in devastating destruction and war for those who attempt to remain independent or structurally adjusted violence via privatisation and economic neo-liberalism for millions in countries that have acquiesced.

While ordinary folk across the world have been subjected to policies that have resulted in oppression, poverty and conflict, this is all passed off by politicians and the mainstream media as the way things must be.

The agritech sector poisons our food and agriculture. Madelaine Albright says it was worth it to have killed half a million kids in Iraq to secure energy resources for rich corporations and extend the wider geopolitical goals of ‘corporate America’. The welfare state is dismantled and austerity is imposed on millions. The rich increase their already enormous wealth.

Powerful corporations corrupt government machinery and colonise every aspect of life for profit. Environmental destruction and ecological devastation continue apace.

And nuclear weapons hang over humanity like the sword of Damocles.

The public is supposed to back this status quo in support of what? Austerity, powerlessness, imperialism, propping up the US dollar and a moribund system. For whom? Occidental Petroleum, Soros, Murdoch, Rothschild, BP, JP Morgan, Boeing and the rest of the elite and their corporations whose policies are devised in think tanks and handed to politicians to sell to a largely ignorant public: those who swallow the lie about some ‘war on terror’ or Washington as the world’s policeman, protecting life and liberty.

Rejecting hegemonic thought

Many believe nuclear weapons are a necessary evil and fall into line with hegemonic thinking about humanity being inherently conflictual, competitive and war-like.

Such tendencies do of course exist, but they do not exist in a vacuum. They are fuelled by capitalism and imperialism and played upon by politicians, the media and elite interests who seek to scare the population into accepting a ‘necessary’ status quo.

Co-operation and equality are as much a part of any arbitrary aspect of ‘human nature’ as any other defined characteristic. These values are, however, sidelined by a system of capitalism that is inherently conflict-ridden and expansionist.

Much of humanity has been convinced to accept the potential for instant nuclear Armageddon hanging over its collective head as a given, as a ‘deterrent’. However, the reality is that these weapons exist to protect elite, imperialist interests or to pressure others to cave into their demands.

If the 20th century has shown us anything, it is these interests are adept at gathering the masses under notions of flag, god and country to justify their slaughter.

To prevent us all shuddering with the fear of the threat of instant nuclear destruction on a daily basis, it’s a case of don’t worry, be happy, forget about it and watch TV.

It was the late academic Rick Roderick who highlighted that modern society trivialises issues that are of ultimate importance: they eventually become banal or ‘matter of fact’ to the population.

People are spun the notion that nuclear-backed militarism and neoliberalism and its structural violence are necessary for securing peace, defeating terror, creating prosperity or promoting ‘growth’. The ultimate banality is to accept this pack of lies and to believe there is no alternative, to acquiesce or just switch off to it all.

Instead of acquiescing and accepting it as ‘normal’, we should listen to writer and campaigner Robert J Burrowes:

Many people evade responsibility, of course, simply by believing and acting as if someone else, perhaps even ‘the government’, is ‘properly’ responsible. Undoubtedly, however, the most widespread ways of evading responsibility are to deny any responsibility for military violence while paying the taxes to finance it, denying any responsibility for adverse environmental and climate impacts while making no effort to reduce consumption, denying any responsibility for the exploitation of other people while buying the cheap products produced by their exploited (and sometimes slave) labour, denying any responsibility for the exploitation of animals despite eating and/or otherwise consuming a range of animal products, and denying any part in inflicting violence, especially on children, without understanding the many forms this violence can take.”

Burrowes concludes by saying that ultimately, we evade responsibility by ignoring the existence of a problem. The evasion of responsibility, acquiescence and acceptance are, of course, part of the conditioning process.

The ‘problem’ encompasses not only ongoing militarism, but the structural violence of neoliberal capitalism, aided and abetted by the World Bank, IMF and the WTO. It’s a type of violence that is steady, lingering and a daily fact of life under globalised capitalism.

Of course, oppression and conflict have been a feature throughout history and have taken place under various economic and political systems. Indeed, in his various articles, Burrowes goes deep into the psychology and causes of violence.

But there is potentially a different path for humanity.

In 1990, the late British MP Tony Benn gave a speech in parliament (above) that indicated the kind of values that such a route might look like.

Benn spoke about having been on a crowded train, where people had been tapping away on calculators and not interacting or making eye contact with one another. It represented what Britain had apparently become under Thatcherism: excessively individualistic, materialistic, narcissistic and atomised.

The train broke down. As time went by, people began to talk with one another, offer snacks and share stories. Benn said it wasn’t too long before that train had been turned into a socialist train of self-help, communality and comradeship.

Despite the damaging policies and ideology of Thatcherism, these features had survived her tenure, were deeply embedded and never too far from the surface.

For Tony Benn, what had been witnessed aboard that train was an aspect of ‘human nature’ that is too often suppressed, devalued and, when used as a basis for political change, regarded as a threat to ruling interests.

It is an aspect that draws on notions of unity, solidarity, common purpose, self-help and finds its ultimate expression in the vibrancy of community, the collective ownership of productive resources and co-operation.

The type of values far removed from the destructive, divisive ones of imperialism and capitalism which key politicians and the corporate media protect and promote.

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Oct 7, 2019 2:27 AM

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Molloy
Molloy
Oct 5, 2019 9:55 AM

O purblind race of miserable men,
How many among us at this very hour
Do forge a life-long trouble for ourselves,
By taking true for false, or false for true;
Here, through the feeble twilight of this world
Groping, how many, until we pass and reach
That other, where we see as we are seen!

— Tennyson

Jihadi Colin
Jihadi Colin
Oct 4, 2019 3:55 AM

I can tell you this: Amerikastanis are so narcissistic, ignorant (by choice), stupid and tribalistic that they literally think that the universe outside the borders of their country are nothing more than a Hollywood film inhabited by black hat wearing villains (we humans) and that it’s just the business of white hat wearing Amerikastani heroes to string us up. Their worldview is limited to what’s fed them by their television screens, their attention span can be measured in milliseconds, the memory hole in which they consign inconvenient facts has no bottom, and their hypocrisy is vaster than the universe.

As such, no, they don’t care that they might be eliminated in a nuclear war. The possibility simply cannot occur to them.

MASTER OF UNIVE
MASTER OF UNIVE
Oct 4, 2019 5:31 AM
Reply to  Jihadi Colin

Americans live in fear of being exposed as bullies & bully more out of psychological defense mechanism of reaction formation. That’s all bullies know until they get punched in the mouth by someone tougher than they are.

USA was punched in the mouth when the Lehman Moment struck. They have been overcompensating ever since out of bewilderment.

MOU

George Mc
George Mc
Oct 5, 2019 3:31 PM
Reply to  Jihadi Colin

“As such, no, they don’t care that they might be eliminated in a nuclear war. The possibility simply cannot occur to them.”

And even if it did occur to them, they would visualise it as another big screen epic with them as spectators of their own demise.

MASTER OF UNIVE
MASTER OF UNIVE
Oct 4, 2019 1:46 AM

Wall Street governs existence for all. Wall Street existentialists advocate Hobbessian Brutishness so that the Hobbessian Brute in all of us can be free market based.

The last brute is supposed to turn off the lights when everyone else is killed off.

Warren Buffett, Mark Zuckerberg, & Bill Gates are jockeying for position as all time Hobbessian brutes in the race to the bottom right now.

May the biggest brute win.

Darwinian Evolution in end game play.

MOU

Cuauhtemoc Negro
Cuauhtemoc Negro
Oct 4, 2019 1:27 AM

The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were the single greatest acts of genocide in human history. Beware the Reckoning. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xn0I26EJi1o&t=1s

Hujjatullah Sahib
Hujjatullah Sahib
Oct 3, 2019 8:06 PM

The 0.01% that actually control this world, without bringing God into the picture, have clearly gone mad. They are squandering vast amount of resourses to build and pile up increasingly destructive weapons that could accidentally be used to incenerate a wide swath of humanity.

The sooner these classist lunatics are denied power the better it would be for the entire world ! Don’t nutize nuclear power; just nano nuke their powerful nuts !

nottheonly1
nottheonly1
Oct 3, 2019 1:24 PM

It certainly looks like the U.S. regime is doing everything to start WW3. With impunity it is terrorizing innocent people in distant lands and not so innocent people at home. Americans ought to look at what the troops they support so unquestioning are doing in the Middle East. That will be their own future as well.

Internally Displaced Syrian Refugees Tormented by US Forces

Freedom and Democracy of psychopaths.

Ramdan
Ramdan
Oct 3, 2019 12:04 PM

“Rapidly expanding nuclear arsenals in Pakistan and India portend regional and global catastrophe”
https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/10/eaay5478

nottheonly1
nottheonly1
Oct 3, 2019 2:05 PM
Reply to  Ramdan

After reading the article, I was wondering why there is no mentioning of ABM installations in both Pakistan and India. With Iran having built an effective ABM system, Pakistan and India could/would do the same? It would certainly raise the stakes, as more warheads would be needed to overcome the ABM systems of the enemy, correct?

Ramdan
Ramdan
Oct 3, 2019 3:08 PM
Reply to  nottheonly1

After you get to this:

“fatalities could reach 50 to 125 million people, and nuclear-ignited fires could release 16 to 36 Tg of black carbon in smoke, depending on yield. The smoke will rise into the upper troposphere, be self-lofted into the stratosphere, and spread globally within weeks. Surface sunlight will decline by 20 to 35%, cooling the global surface by 2° to 5°C and reducing precipitation by 15 to 30%, with larger regional impacts. Recovery takes more than 10 years. Net primary productivity declines 15 to 30% on land and 5 to 15% in oceans threatening mass starvation and additional worldwide collateral fatalities.”…..

I would say ABM-considered or not- is just a nuance…

nottheonly1
nottheonly1
Oct 3, 2019 7:54 PM
Reply to  Ramdan

Not if one system works and the other one was bought from the U.S.

Of course it was meant as a thought. What if – two sides (be them either Pakistan/India or others) would be able to cancel out each others attacks? Wouldn’t that make the futility of the expenditures obvious? Same with a nuclear conflagration. Mutual Assured Destruction does exactly that. MAD is Sysiphos on steroids. With the exception that both adversaries will have to rebuild their countries after such an exchange. Which might take a while. But the companies that do the reconstruction might still be the same.

The only racket is the war of terror. Nuclear war prevents quick recovery and thus swift profits to be made. If no profits can be made, then there will be no war. Other than accidentally.

mark
mark
Oct 7, 2019 4:29 PM
Reply to  Ramdan

The US war plan during the 1960s involved a simultaneous attack on Russia, China and all their allies, including even tiny Albania, employing 3,600 large nuclear weapons with an typical yield of 1.5 megatons against 2,100 targets, including 900 cities, in the initial assault. Studies and projections put the fatal casualties from this operation at 285 million, though this was later reassessed and raised as high as 1,000 million. 650 million was eventually taken as an expected outcome, in effect splitting the difference. Of course, at this time, world population was about half what it is today. This assessment ignored Russian and Chinese retaliation, British and French nuclear arsenals, the thousands of tactical or battlefield nuclear weapons and chemical, biological and conventional weapons. It is known, for example, that in the event of war, in the case of Germany, nuclear weapons would have been deployed against Munich, Hamburg, Bonn and… Read more »

Gezzah Potts
Gezzah Potts
Oct 3, 2019 11:36 AM

Much appreciate your powerful article Colin. The state our World is in due to the rampaging 0.01%, along with their henchmen (and women such as Christine Lagarde) who continue raping and plundering the planet, and grinding the vast majority into the dirt. Including the slaughter of millions of human beings in the quest for new markets and resources – in the pursuit of ever more profits and the grotesque enrichment of a tiny number of vampires. I’ve mentioned this site numerous times here, but there’s a site that lifts the lid on the warped con job of Neoliberalism called Neoliberalism Softpanorama. What is truly screwed up, and morally bankrupt and just depressing is that the large majority of people couldn’t give a flying fig. Even when I’ve informed people about what is happening in Yemen, Syria, Libya, Palestine and many other countries or pointed them to sites like here, Moon… Read more »

nottheonly1
nottheonly1
Oct 3, 2019 12:30 PM
Reply to  Gezzah Potts

When I was a young person, I had a long period of depression. Because I didn’t want to grow up. I didn’t want to become a ‘grown-up’. Later I realized that I had been given the ‘gift’ of premonition. Knowing what’s coming without being able to pin it down to something specific. All the visions I had came true so far. Especially the one that created the resistance to grow up and be part of a world that has it so backwards in every way. The people that couldn’t give a flying fig are people that are unable, incapable to give a flying fig. They might very well want to, but they can’t. Their program does not allow for that. They are so indoctrinated – most of all by their various religions – that it is impossible for them to look beyond what they were programmed with. People are Pavlovian… Read more »

Gezzah Potts
Gezzah Potts
Oct 3, 2019 1:24 PM
Reply to  nottheonly1

I deeply appreciate your heartfelt reply and take it on board. I’m grateful there are like minded people here, and elsewhere. Thank you.

Ramdan
Ramdan
Oct 3, 2019 3:19 PM
Reply to  nottheonly1
nottheonly1
nottheonly1
Oct 3, 2019 9:50 PM
Reply to  Ramdan

Let’s play the game called Life! (Alan Watts with sounds and images)

mark
mark
Oct 3, 2019 11:05 AM

It’s high time to democratise nuclear weapons.
If Trump, Blair, and Netanyahu can have them, then so should every country in the world, including the smallest and most exploited.
Or nobody should have them.
One or the other.

nottheonly1
nottheonly1
Oct 3, 2019 12:10 PM
Reply to  mark

The argument will be refuted in the West by those who have ’em with “only we should have them, because others would use ’em on us.”

mark
mark
Oct 4, 2019 1:52 PM
Reply to  nottheonly1

Or as the Magic Negro Nobel Peace Prize Obama said, “It is essential for our security that we spend another $2 trillion on more nuclear weapons. But Iran/ DPRK/ everybody else doesn’t need any. They can make do with a BB gun and a couple of water pistols.”

Tom
Tom
Oct 3, 2019 6:59 AM

Ran across this on a twitter account.

Tony Benn’s Questions. Never forget them.

1. What power have you got?

2. Where did you get it from?

3. In whose interest do you use it?

4. To whom are you accountable?

5. How do we get rid of you?

How do we eliminate nuclear weapons when you have Washington and her allies threatening the world? North Korea can at least get a few winks at the moment, not so much Venezuela. Perhaps the Houthi are showing the way with you destroy us, we will take you down with us. Asymmetrical warfare. I wonder if what happened in Libya in 2011 happened in 2019. Libya might still be the richest country in Africa. Yes, nuclear weapons will be with us until kleptocracies no longer threaten the world. The full implementation of a multipolar world can not come fast enough.

BigB
BigB
Oct 3, 2019 8:25 AM
Reply to  Tom

Is that like a ‘buy one: get one free’ hegemony? Three nuclear armed rapists will be sodomising humanity into dehumanisation, alienation, and degradation. Two of them will be paying the first for the privilege (it’s all one tributary system under the dollar. The replacement will be worse for humanity). I can see I’ve lost the argument that Russia and China offering zero alternative to globalised, overfinancialised, neoliberal dehumanisation. But at least America was honest. When they said they were acting for humanitarian reasons: everyone knew they were lying. When Russia and China propagandise about sovereigntist humanism and a harmony of man and nature: people believe them. Why? The multipolar world will be the short swansong of humanity. The extension of overfinancialised globalised imperialism will be all the worse for having three neoliberal imperial rapists – or one imperial; two sub-imperial. The Eurasianist *Tianxia* – the technochratic ecofascism so welcomed by… Read more »

Robbobbobin
Robbobbobin
Oct 3, 2019 9:27 AM
Reply to  BigB

“I can see I’ve lost the argument that Russia and China offering zero alternative to globalised, overfinancialised, neoliberal dehumanisation.”

Not here, you haven’t.

Antonym
Antonym
Oct 3, 2019 11:22 AM
Reply to  BigB

“The multipolar world will be the short swansong of overfinancialised globalised imperialism by all 3 jackboots” : fixed it for you.
Welcome to the world of Internet connected but many free nations. Nations can work together by admiring/ sharing each others talents / resources while respecting each other’s space. Yes there are big guys and toddlers on the playground, but not any more one single giant. Too bad for the totalitarian forces!

Gezzah Potts
Gezzah Potts
Oct 3, 2019 12:01 PM
Reply to  BigB

BigB… Aleksandr Dugin is one very scary person. I did a bit of research after a comment by you on another story about ecofascism, the blood and soil movement along with the trillions to be made from the greenwashing of capitalism – ushered in by false prophets and so called organisations like 350.org and Avaaz. All with their eyes on the pot of gold. This is the logical outcome of Neoliberalism – Regardless of who practices it. Its still going to screw humanity.

BigB
BigB
Oct 3, 2019 6:30 PM
Reply to  Gezzah Potts

We have been in an Epic Recession for 12 years …longer and deeper even than the Great Depression. And we all know what it took to end that one, don’t we! The difference is fiat currency v gold standard. The central banks have entered the markets as artificial buoyancy aids – to keep the markets afloat with capital. This has become a false credit addiction with no cure. The cosmetic effects of half a gazillion of a fictitious capital anti-recovery are about to work themselves out with possibly the largest correction in history. That the recovery has started in the repo markets *before* the official crisis hits (we’ve never resolved the crisis – the new crisis is the old crisis deferred by ‘money-printing’). The Epic Recession is set to get longer and deeper in the coming years. Fascism is crisis capitalism: and we are in the Marianna Trench of capitalist… Read more »

Antonym
Antonym
Oct 3, 2019 3:30 AM

Nuclear War: Just Another Day without Pakistani president’s Imran Khan infront of the UN last month? In his long speech full with falsehoods he threatened that Pakistan is thinking of a nuclear war over Indian Kashmir. That from the land that sheltered Osama Bin Laden, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Maulana Masood Azhar . The man in mum on his own Baluchistan but also on Xinjiang, Yemen, Syria etc.
Check after 48 minutes here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLSsBRZeCjg

mark
mark
Oct 3, 2019 11:09 AM
Reply to  Antonym

Pakistan only developed nuclear weapons after India had done so first.
But nuclear weapons in Pakistan are less worrying than the huge illegal nuclear arsenal of the utterly vile genocidal Zionist Regime.

Antonym
Antonym
Oct 4, 2019 2:35 AM
Reply to  mark

China attacked India conventionally in 1962 in the Himalaya. In 1964 China exploded its first atomic test bomb, in 1967 it first hydrogen bomb.
India followed only then in 1974, too late to be admitted in the 5 member nuclear clubhouse.

Next China secretly send Pakistan a nuke bomb design plus a plane load of plutonium.
The Afghan war later made the CIA close its eyes for Pakistani nuclear smuggle from the West (Urenco) for uranium based weapons.

mark
mark
Oct 4, 2019 1:55 PM
Reply to  Antonym

The 1962 war was instigated by India. China limited the conflict and brought it to an end as swiftly as possible.

mark
mark
Oct 7, 2019 4:38 PM
Reply to  Antonym

Imran Khan is far less frightening from an Armageddon point of view than Nuttyyahoo or the genocidal Zionist Regime in general, which has long relished the prospect of the extermination of all the goyim.

Capricornia Man
Capricornia Man
Oct 3, 2019 3:00 AM

Spot on article, Colin. There is a vast network of western elites, including corporate bosses, politicians, media, military brass, think-tank propagandists and bought-and-sold academics, who work tirelessly to lull populations into acceptance of imperialist hegemony and the ‘inevitability’ of war.

The survival of the planet and the human species depends upon enough people everywhere becoming aware of the falsity of such narratives as ‘humanitarian intervention’, ‘regime change’, etc., and actively opposing them.

Maggie
Maggie
Oct 3, 2019 11:42 AM

Precisely what Tony Benn said in his last interview.

It is going to be n uphill struggle, but we must stay aware and positive, and ignore completely all the MSM presstitutes, who have their own agenda and are a law unto themselves.
They are working tirelessly to make us despondent and apathetic.

nottheonly1
nottheonly1
Oct 3, 2019 1:51 AM

That is quite the dish. Allow me to compare it to a large pizza (humanity) with lots of different toppings on it (circumstances). Since the emphasis is given on ‘nuclear war’, I like to start with the mushrooms on the pizza. With the first mushroom clouds, an era was initiated that would ultimately completely alter human consciousness. Before the first atom bombs, wars were devastating, brutal and destructive – but survivable. ‘Survival’ before the first two nukes was threatened by physical force and albeit outlawed by chemical and biological warfare. After the mushroom clouds had settled, survival was also threatened by something invisible, tasteless, odorless and silent. Radiation. Radiation eludes the average mind, as it it not possible to grasp it. When its effects are apparent, death will be inevitable and might occur without any prior physical harm. The human mind is ill equipped for this kind of danger. Evolution… Read more »

Doctortrinate
Doctortrinate
Oct 3, 2019 12:38 AM

I think…that in the beginning – a need was built, and from that minute, necessitous life, instead of instantly recognising the erroneous design and inevitability of reproducing for a recurring chained reaction – decided to indulge it…..and so it continued, just that over time, along came the mercenary, who recognised the power that could be aquired from that dependent dawn and the ease of which it could be taken advantage – the profitablity in exploiting consumption realized – and so it went, But as their hunger grew ,the power frenzied for more – and greater was the ‘need’ to engorge themselves….so, the more they stole….as for the others, they didn’t know what hit them, docile and compliant, their true essence long unremembered – and now – three score and ten and a healthy repeat to take on the name is all they ask for – no matter who suffers for… Read more »

Loverat
Loverat
Oct 2, 2019 11:31 PM

A similar question i guess came up in Prof Piers Robinson’s interesting talk in South London this evening. But more in the context of finding solutions to the problem of modern propaganda. Which in a way is the same thing because if we dont find a solution to our poor thinking and obsession with gadgets, which make us vulnerable to propaganda, likely we will be all carrying our eyeballs around. Piers offered a number of ideas but while he hinted that war with china and russia could result perhaps after iran – this was described as a likely medium term possibilty so perhaps even he could not contemplate the short term risks. But having read this article I am yet more convinced the way to achieve this goal is too scare the hell out of people. It’s the only way people will wake up. This could happen tomorrow- one spark… Read more »

Brian Steere
Brian Steere
Oct 2, 2019 10:00 PM

When time is done, it will be a moment of a day – perhaps like today. How can it be otherwise than the loss of the ‘ordinary’ or familiar to an un-framing of our consciousness fro which we may be completely unprepared – or which we may have experienced throughout our lives at different levels of challenge to our sense of continuity? There are many threads that feed into this theme. One is that man made mass destruction as opposed to Cosmic catastrophe or Earth changes is an expression of our consciousness – regardless we ‘try’ to counter, check, deny or hide it. While the mainstream narrative sees biology over millions of years occurring by gradual uniform change to gradual uniform change, I see our consciousness – (as we now believe and experience it), in the current cycle of our human record – is only a few thousand years old… Read more »

Francis Lee
Francis Lee
Oct 2, 2019 8:54 PM

The problem is not new, it has been raised in the past by authors such as H.G.Wells and George Orwell. In Wells’ novella ‘The Time Machine’ the time traveller travels from Victorian/Edwardian England to a distant future inhabited by the elois. The elois are completely useless and apathetic have no use for books, learning or reflection and enquiry. In the fullness of time traveller discovers that the elois are kept alive by the Morlocks who keep the whole show running and keep the elois alive with food and sustenance. Unfortunately – or otherwise – for the elois they come as dinner du jour on any given day for the Morlocks. The mass narcolepsy of contemporary society is also strikingly anticipated in this short novella. In one of Orwell’s essays – I can’t remember which one exactly – he theorised that it may be the case that most of human race… Read more »

lundiel
lundiel
Oct 2, 2019 7:50 PM

When there is a nuclear war, it will probably be a first strike offensive. It is likely to be between America and it’s allies and Russia. If America starts it, it will have to, as a matter of course, protect itself by also attacking China. American psychology and geopolitical strategy make it imperative unless previous agreement had been reached between both countries.
Let no one imagine it will be limited, or that we in Britain will still exist afterwards.

Barovsky
Barovsky
Oct 2, 2019 8:11 PM
Reply to  lundiel

Don’t you mean if there’s a nuclear war?

lundiel
lundiel
Oct 2, 2019 8:54 PM
Reply to  Barovsky

No.

Barovsky
Barovsky
Oct 2, 2019 9:07 PM
Reply to  lundiel

Okay then, so why do you bother read and reply to such essays if that’s the way you feel, because if it is, then you’ve already given up all hope.

lundiel
lundiel
Oct 3, 2019 8:23 AM
Reply to  Barovsky

I don’t want to think as I do. I lived through the first cold war and only opinion, this one is more dangerous because America has made it clear they want nothing less than world domination. The first time around it was possible to accept a reluctant live and let live philosophy but with less resources to share and a world economy out of control, it looks to me like a race to the death in which America is determined to win.

lundiel
lundiel
Oct 3, 2019 8:45 AM
Reply to  lundiel

Also, I have never given up hope. Hope and logic are different things.

mark
mark
Oct 3, 2019 11:27 AM
Reply to  lundiel

What makes it more dangerous is current western leadership, the worst in its history.
Arrogant, venal, corrupt, irredeemably ignorant, and ideologically driven, self serving, not open to any agreement, headstrong, self regarding little sawdust Caesars.
People like Kennedy and Khrushchev were very flawed individuals. But Kennedy had a torpedo boat sunk underneath him and Khrushchev fought at Stalingrad. Chirac, who died a few days ago, served as a French army conscript in Algeria.
When we need a Bismarck or a Metternich, we get Macron, May and Merkel.

Ken Kenn
Ken Kenn
Oct 2, 2019 10:16 PM
Reply to  lundiel

Truth is that even if one side gets their blows in first all that follows is not defence from the attacked.

It is revenge.

People like Bolton think that it is all about speed of attack.

He also thinks that after a few attacks it will all stop for negotiations.

Bolton is an idiot.

He’s not alone in his idiocy.

He’ll stand in the smouldering ruins of the USA with a singed moustache and declare _ ”

” We can make this country great again .”

If he’s still live of course?

peugeott
peugeott
Oct 2, 2019 6:54 PM

Excellent and 100% true!

Barovsky
Barovsky
Oct 2, 2019 6:03 PM

A companion piece to this is Max Blumenthal’s ‘Pentagon-funded researcher smears ‘The Management of Savagery’ in error-filled Times Literary Supplement screed’, that exposes the lies in a ‘review’ of his book. https://thegrayzone.com/2019/10/01/pentagon-funded-researcher-smears-the-management-of-savagery-in-error-filled-times-literary-supplement-screed/

What strikes me about both essays, is the ease with which us privileged members of the imperialist states are druggedd (one way of the other) into going along with the savagery. I truly despair.

vexarb
vexarb
Oct 2, 2019 7:28 PM
Reply to  Barovsky

Those humans who are born with (or have developed) an ethical sense will avoid any form of cruelty on any scale, small or large. Those who, like our fellow “groupies” in the animal kingdom — chimps, sheep, cattle, horses, all sorts of deer — will seek safety in numbers and Follow the Leader. Safety in numbers: once the herd knows that it’s only Poor Old Tail End Charlie who’s been brought down and eaten, they will go on munching their little patch because they know their procreative capacity can easily replenish that loss — as long as there is grass. Follow the Leader: because he is wise and knows the way to Winter Pasture. Of course a startling event might stampede an entire herd over a cliff; or the Leader might be a Judas Goat leading a herd of groupies to the slaughter. But the principle of Safety in Numbers… Read more »

wardropper
wardropper
Oct 2, 2019 8:40 PM
Reply to  vexarb

Except that we are not animals. If we were, we wouldn’t even have coined the word, “human” to differentiate ourselves from them. Of course the principle of safety in numbers applies to us too, but probably with more conscious thought going into it than in the case of our equine or bovine brothers and sisters. If numbers were all that mattered, I do not believe that human evolution would ever have matured to a level capable of producing individual greatness, which I think most of us can agree is a thing that has frequently inspired us all. And when Poor Old Tail End Charlie just happens to be Ludwig van Beethoven at age 57 getting brought down and eaten, we are not going to expect the next specimen to be born in his home town to match his genius in any way. Seriously, now are we? It just doesn’t seem… Read more »

vexarb
vexarb
Oct 3, 2019 6:41 AM
Reply to  wardropper

Fulke Greville quote: “Oh, wearisome condition of humanity, Born under one law, to another bound;”

As you say, War Dropper, the choice is yours and mine.