Today is a day to celebrate the prophetic voice and witness of Fr. Daniel Berrigan, the non-violent anti-war activist and poet, whose life and witness has touched so many lives. He was born on May 9, 1921 and would have been 100 years old today. He died five years ago, but his spirit continues to animate and inspire so many others. The following essay is from my recent book, Seeking Truth in a Country of Lies.
Radical dissidents and prophets have never had an easy time of it. When alive, that is. Once safely dead, however, honors and respect are often heaped on their heads. The dead can’t talk back, or so it is assumed. Nor can they cause trouble.
Jesuit priest Fr. Daniel Berrigan was one such man. When he died on April 30th, the major media, organs of propaganda and war promotion, noted his death in generally respectful ways. This included The New York Times.
But back in 1988 when Daniel was a spry 68 years old, the Times published a review of his autobiography, To Dwell in Peace, which was a nauseating hatchet job aimed at dismissing his anti-war activism through the cheap trick of psychological reductionism and reversal.
How could Berrigan really be a Christian, a man of peace, the reviewer Kenneth Woodward (himself a product of eight years of Jesuit education) asked rhetorically, and be so angry? Wasn’t he in truth a bitter, ungrateful, and angry – i.e. violent – “celebrity priest” masquerading as an apostle of peace? And therefore, were not his peace activities, his writings, and his uncompromising critique of American society null and void, the rantings of a disturbed man?
Furthermore, by the unspoken intentional logic of such an ad hominem attack, were not those who follow in his footsteps, those who hear his words and – God forbid! – take them seriously, were not they too wolves in sheep’s clothing, angry children trying to exact revenge on their parents?
“Gratefulness, we learn, is not a Berrigan trait,” Woodward concluded in his bilious review of a “pervasively angry autobiography.” “The Berrigans (note the plural usage), it seems, never learned to laugh at themselves.”
Such character assassination has long been one tool of the power elite. Silence or kill the prophets one way or another.
When Dan and I first met we walked together in the blue cold snowy silence of Ithaca nights. It was December 1967. He was a 46-year-old black-bereted whirling dervish orbiting a profound spiritual and poetic stillness; I, a 23-year-old Marine intent on declaring myself a conscientious objector before my reserve unit was activated and sent to Vietnam.
Dan had been arrested for the first time at a Pentagon demonstration in late October. A few days later his brother, Philip, together with three others, had upped the ante dramatically by pouring blood on draft files in Baltimore.
This action, which became known as the Baltimore Four and started a chain of draft board raids over the next years, and the raging Vietnam War that Johnson was dramatically escalating, were the backdrop for my three day visit with Dan. The invitation had been arranged by my inspirational college teacher, Bill Frain, Dan’s friend.
Walking and talking, talking and walking, we whirled around the Cornell campus where Dan was a chaplain, into and out of town, from apartment to apartment, a gathering here, a Mass there. The intensity was electric.
At a party, I met and learned from the brilliant Pakistani scholar and activist Eqbal Ahmad. At an apartment Mass led by Dan in his inimitable style, I felt as if we were early Jewish-Christians gathering in secret. There was a sense of foreboding, as if something would soon break asunder as the US rained bombs and napalm down on the Vietnamese.
I recall a sense of intense agitation on Dan’s part, as if events were conspiring to push him to answer an overwhelming question. I knew from the first that he was no J. Alfred Prufrock who would sit on the fence. He would never say, “I am no prophet – and here’s no great matter/I have seen the moment of my greatness flicker/And I have seen the eternal Footman hold my coat, and snicker/And in short, I was afraid.”
A poet, yes, a lover of beauty, that I could tell; but I felt his fierceness from the start, and it was something I viscerally connected with. He was preparing for a great leap into the breach; was Odysseus readying to leave Ithaca, not for Troy to wage a violent war, but a peaceful Odysseus readying to leave Ithaca to travel to Vietnam to wage a non-violent war against war – a lifelong journey. I too felt that my life would never be the same and I was venturing out onto unchartered waters. His courage rubbed off on me.
In those few days with Dan I unlearned most of the lessons my Jesuit education had instilled in me. Deo et Patria were rent asunder.
I had never accepted the Marine slogan that “my rifle is my life,” nor had I fully ingested the Jesuits’ conservative ideology – what Dan called “consensus, consensus” – that I should become a man successful through speaking out of both sides of my mouth and serving two masters. But at that point I had no Jesuit mentor who embodied another path. In Dan I found that man, or he found me.
Contrary to some public images of him, he was a man of indirection as well as bluntness. He had the gift of discernment. Not once during my initial stay with him did he suggest a course of action for me. We talked about the war, of course, of his brother Phil’s and others’ courage, but we also talked of poetry and art, of the beauty of starry winter nights and the dramatic waterfalls surrounding the Cornell campus.
Most of all he wanted to know about me, my family, my background; he listened intently as if he were contemplating his own past as well, weighing the future. I had already decided to leave the Marines one way or the other, but we never discussed this. He arranged for me to speak to a Cornell lawyer who did anti-war work in case I needed legal help. But I felt I was in the presence of a man who knew and respected that such momentous decisions were made in solitary witness to one’s conscience. I felt he supported me whatever I did.
When I set sail from Ithaca I felt blessed and confirmed. I would never go to war; I knew that. But I also came away with a different lesson: that not participating in the killing wasn’t enough. I would have to find ways to resist the forces of violence that were consuming the world. They would have to be my ways, not necessarily Dan’s.
I was unyielding in my conviction that I would not stay in the Marines no matter what the consequences; but after that I would have to choose and take responsibility for what Dan referred to as “the long haul” – a lifelong commitment to the values we shared. But values are probably too abstract a way to describe what I mean. Dan conveyed to me through his person that each of us must follow his soul’s promptings – there was no formula. I was young enough to be his son, and yet he spoke to me as an equal.
Despite his adamantine strength of purpose and conviction, he let me see the scarecrow man within. No words can describe the powerful stamp this set on my heart that has never left me.
Less than two months later the TET offensive exploded, and Dan was on that night flight to Hanoi with Howard Zinn to bring back three US airmen who had been shot down while bombing North Vietnam.
Then the great anti-war leader, Martin Luther King, was executed by government forces in Memphis. The message sent was clear.
Shortly Dan was invited by Philip to join the Catonsville action. He gave it prayer and thought, and then jumped in, knowing that the children he had met in the North Vietnamese bomb shelters hiding from American bombs were pleading with him. He later wrote of holding a little boy.
In my arms, fathered
In a moment’s grace, the messiah
Of all my tears, I bore reborn
A Hiroshima child from hell.
He was a changed man. No longer just a priest-poet, he would now become a revolutionary anti-war activist for life. He wrote in Mission to Hanoi, 1968:
Instructions for return. Develop for the students the meaning of Ho’s ‘useless years.’ The necessity for escaping once and for all the slavery of ‘being useful.’ On the other hand, prison, contemplation, life of solitude. Do the things that even ‘movement people’ tend to despise and misunderstand. To be radical is habitually to do things which society at large despises.”
Shortly after Catonsville I was privileged to be invited by Bill Frain to a meeting at his house in Queens, New York of the Catonsville Nine. We met deep in his backyard, huddled in a circle away from the prying eyes and listening devices of the FBI. There my education continued.
In January I had submitted my request to be discharged from the Marines as a conscientious objector. Now I was gathering with nine incredibly courageous Americans who had taken personal responsibility for the nation’s war crimes in an act that sent shock waves around the world. Although I don’t recall feeling it at the time, I now realize how blessed I was to have been allowed into that august company. For them to have trusted a 23-year-old whom eight of them had never met takes my breath away. I am sure Dan gave the okay.
Later that night I drove him back to where he was staying in Yonkers. So true to form, as we crossed the Whitestone Bridge in the dark, this beautiful man spoke of the exquisiteness of the sparkling lights and the illuminated Manhattan skyline. He was a hunger artist for beauty. And we talked again of poetry and family, of our relationships, how important they were, and how fractious relationships could get when one stood up for truth and victims everywhere.
He asked about my girlfriend: what did she think about these things? I sensed that without being explicit he was warning me, while simultaneously telling himself that he was in for some sharp criticism from people close to him. As we rolled along in that cocoon of intimate talk, I again realized how rare this man was, how multi-faceted and deep.
Afterwards, as I drove home, I kept thinking of the great novel by Ignazio Silone, Bread and Wine, a book Bill Frain had introduced me to; of Pietro Spina, the revolutionary in hiding disguised as a priest, and his former teacher, the priest Don Benedetto. Hunted and surveilled by Italy’s fascist government, they secretly meet and talk of the need to resist the forces of state and church collaborating in violence and suppression.
Dan and the others had dramatically confronted these twin ogres and were willing to face the consequences. My problem was that Dan was both the revolutionary and the priest, but I was neither. Who was I? The meaning, if not the exact words, of Don Benedetto came back to me: “But it is enough for one little man to say ‘No!’ murmur ‘No!’ in his neighbor’s ear, or write ‘No!’ on the wall at night, and public order is endangered.” And Pietro: “Liberty is something you have to take for yourself. It’s no use begging it from others.”
A few days later another conspiratorial murder took place as Bobby Kennedy was murdered in Los Angeles. First King, then Kennedy. Again I heard Don Benedetto’s words: “Killing a man who says ‘No!’ is a risky business because even a corpse can go on whispering ‘No! No! No!’ with a persistence and obstinacy that only certain corpses are capable of. And how can you silence a corpse?”
Then the police riots at the Democratic convention followed. Fascist forces had been unleashed.
The Trial of the Catonsville Nine took place in October, and of course they were convicted – sentenced as Dan so famously put it, for “the burning of paper instead of children.”
That fall I received a letter from Marine Headquarters in Washington DC informing me that I was being released from the Marine Corps so I “could take final vows in a religious order.” It was a complete fabrication since I was engaged to be married, but it was a way to get rid of me without honoring my request as a CO.
Yet in its weird way it was true: I was religious and I was trying to follow an order, but as one of the dissenters led by Dan and his brave companions who formed a different corps – one dedicated to life, not death.
In 1970 when Dan had gone underground instead of reporting for prison, I travelled to the big antiwar event, “America is Hard to Find,” at Cornell. Word had gone out that Dan would appear, which he did in Barton Hall in front of a crowd of 15,000, including the FBI who were ready to pounce on him.
When Dan appeared on stage and gave a moving speech about the need to oppose the war, silence and a sense of held breath filled the hall. When he finished to thunderous applause, the lights went out and when they came back on he was gone. It was like being at a magic show.
He had escaped inside a puppet of one of the twelve apostles – oh what great joy and laughter! A circus act! Puckish Dan, imaginative through and through, irreverently funny, later said, “I was hoping it wasn’t a puppet of Judas.”
That was the man.
Once my wife and I were eating dinner with him at the 98th St apartment where he lived with other Jesuits. The conversation turned to Dorothy Day, the founder of The Catholic Worker and long-time pacifist and servant of the poor. Day had been a mentor to Dan. I told him how I had followed his example when I was teaching in Brooklyn and brought my students to The Catholic Worker to meet with Day.
Now that Day had died, we asked, what would be the Catholic Church’s attitude toward this great dissident?
I said that I thought the church would eventually declare her a saint now that she was safely dead. Dan strongly demurred; that would never happen, he said, she was too radical and the institution would not recognize her. Now that Day is being considered for canonization – i.e. declared a saint – I can’t help think of the ways the powers-that-be, both ecclesiastical and secular, have characterized him before and after his death. Is irony the right word?
I return to a question he had the effrontery to ask, not as an academic exercise but as an existential question demanding a living answer: “What is a human being, anyway?” It is the type of question asked by Emerson and Thoreau, Gandhi and King, dead sages all.
In the truest sense, he answered that question with his life.
A human being is not cannon fodder, a human being is not a piece of paper, not an abstraction, a human being is not a human being when forced to wage war or live off the spoils of war, a human being is not a human being when in the grip of “Lord Nuke.” None of these. A human being is a child of God, and as such is called to resist the rule of death in the world, to resist violence with love and non-violence. A human being is a lover.
This means a human being is necessarily at odds with the powers-that-be, the governments and corporations that in the name of peace prepare for and wage war. It is a view of human being that is bound to be unpopular, except when it can be affirmed with pieties but contradicted by actions
Sainthood is a piety, the kiss of death bestowed as a guilt offering by authorities lacking authority. It is the Judas kiss – a cosmic joke made to make God laugh.
Dan wasn’t a saint. He was something more – a man – a brave, brilliant, and prophetic inspirational dissident, full of contradictions like us all. He was a true human being of the highest sacramental order – flesh and blood, bread and wine, life and death.
At the height of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, when social panic consumed the nation and people, including the institutional churches, shunned gay men as lepers, only a man of supreme non-judgmental compassion would have befriended and cared for dying patients, as Dan did for many years.
This didn’t attract headlines as his anti-war activities did, but it symbolized the man. He was a genuine Christian.
Today, he is in death what he was in life – a great spiritual leader. Ever faithful, he leads us on, by deeds and words. There are no bars to manhood (or womanhood), he once wrote. Freedom is our birthright.
“This mess of mythological pottage, this self-contradictory dream, makes slaves of us,” he wrote, “keeps most of us inert and victimized, makes hostages of our children as well as ourselves. And yet we are instructed by the highly placed smilers to keep smiling through, as if the dollars in our pockets or the brains in our heads were still workable, negotiable, a sound tender. As though, in plain fact, our world was not raving mad in its chief parts. And driving us mad, as the admission price to its Fun House.”
On the afternoon of April 30, I was cleaning out files and had emptied two large drawers of papers. I noticed there was one green sheet left in one drawer. It was a saying Dan had sent to me about death. “Though invisible to us our dead are not absent.” I thought how true that was and wondered when Dan would die, knowing he was failing.
The next morning I was informed that Dan had died the previous day. The presence of his absence struck me forcibly. It consoles me in my sadness, as I know it does so many others.
On the morning of his funeral, there was a march around lower Manhattan in his honor. Outside the Catholic Worker someone asked me to carry a large photo of Dan, circa 1968.
As we proceeded through the rainy streets, it dawned on me that we were walking together again, and although I was now carrying his image, he had carried me for so many years as that indelible stamp on my heart. When I emerged from a coffee shop after urinating, some marchers laughed at the incongruous sight of Dan’s photo and me. I pointed to Dan’s photo and said, “He really had to go.” I think I heard Dan laugh and say, “That’s the way to shirk responsibility.”
I believe he walks beside us still, or in my case, he walks before me, beckoning me on, since I have such a long way to go to learn the lessons that he first taught me long ago on those snowy night walks through Ithaca.
No, you can’t silence certain corpses.
Edward Curtin is an independent writer whose work has appeared widely over many years. His website is edwardcurtin.com and his new book is Seeking Truth in a Country of Lies.
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My philosophy is your along time dead then you are alive so be righteous be patient be everything you know you can achieve you can be the next Shakespeare Mozart Bach you can be anything shake off your chains
A lovely memory of an inspirational man.What I’ve just realised is why execute dissidents so many murders of people that spoke the truth and no killings of child killers mass murder nobody trying to kill them but the truthful the righteous people get killed silence of the lambs but I bet they are sitting in heaven
Off-topic but massively significant imo:
The crucial point here is the court’s notion that any and every other fundamental right can be trampled on to reduce carbon (because the latter is so urgent). Essentially, the governent can do anything if they can dress it up as “saving the planet”.
People who don’t believe in ‘The Great Reset’ or the dangers of the climate emergency agenda often point to the lack of an enforcement mechanism. They point – not entirely unreasonably – to past climate goals being vague aspirations and when they’re borken no consequences have followed. Well, here’s the mechanism.
I’ve quoted previously where the elite have said we’re now in a new paradigm where the rights of the planet take precedence over human rights. They meant it – and we’re in it now. The frog is now boiling. Humanity are no longer individuals with inalienable rights but a cancer (Club of Rome, 1975) – cancers are poisoned, burnt by radio waves or cut out. Nobody mourns their loss.
P.S. Anyone interested in sci-fi films with predicative programming should try the 2015 film EQUALS (not about climate change – more on a technocratic,medical tyranny).
“notion that any and every other fundamental right can be trampled on to reduce carbon (because the latter is so urgent)”
For carbon read covid. Same ruse: rule by decree.
Each time its based on a factual untruth: CO2 is not an issue, and no virus regarding the present crisis has been identified yet.
The questions on these news sites are funny!
“When can I hug my friends and family?”
“How many people can I meet from 17 May?”
“How many people can meet in Scotland?”
“When can we have a cautious hug?”
Intrigued by the meaning of “cautious”, I read,
“How do we hug cautiously? Well, hugs should be short and not face-to-face says Prof Cath Noakes, a member of the Sage committee advising the government.
Speaking in a personal capacity, she said it would worry her “if we were advocating we could hug all of our friends every time we meet them again”.
She added: “The reality is that when you hug someone you are very close to them and we know the virus is in people’s breath.””
I shall remain wired to find the updated rules on sexual contact. I envisage the following:
“Fucking should be confined to doggy style to minimise breath contamination. Blow jobs are fine but only if the own being blown doesn’t breathe at all. Safest of all is arse fucking to avoid facial confrontation.”
“with the SNP recommending that the last option is preferred to hugging altogether…”
On this morning’s Today BBC radio programme, following the main news, “Later in the programme: when can we start hugging our family again?”
It’s beyond parody. I feel like writing in to ask when I can wank again ’cause I haven’t had a damn good chug in ages!
George – you can wank only if you’ve used hand sanitizer on all relevant body parts.
P.S. Hand sanitizer can also be used on your dick. Make sure you also use it on anyone else’s dick if that’s relevant.
I ain’t puttin’ hand sanitizer anywhere near MY dick!
I refuse to hie myself to the search engines to confirm this guess, but I’m sure that even before the scamdemic someone has marketed “masculine hygiene products” to promote (pardon the sophomorism) skin flute care and grooming– and I don’t mean the traditional remedies for “jock itch”.
Yeah , the “Bastards of deceit” even waisted the meaning of this word , out of pure stupidity though. Apart from the intentional wrecking of the language , implementing newspeak , I don´t think they have the slightest clue of the meaning of parody.
So now we have to cooperate , trying to invent a word for “beyond parody” in a short but expressive word , that can stand the tides of time as well as the stupidity beyond stupidity.
I was thinking “parrotty” but realised that the risk for misinterpretation would be too obvious.
Is the hugging hour before or after Russia/China hate hour?
I really wonder, is there anyone who took these fuckin rules for real all this time???
How the hell could someone be that stupid to listen to what the tv says??? How can someone have no dignity and obey to some idiot telling stories about what ppl can do?
I cant imagine that type of person(non thinking animal)
By the way this bitch mrs noakes (you stupid freak) i think she loves the anal… no face to face ok?
Peace brothers and stay sane!
I sometimes wonder whether half the world actually knows full well that these rules are all built on crap.
It’s just that nobody wants to be the first one in their street to make waves about it, stick their head above the parapet, or appear unduly courageous…
Everybody wants to ‘fit in’ – which used to be such a stereotypically British thing – but now they’re all at it…
Perhaps, like all fashions, this one will pass too, and somebody important will stand up and say, very loudly, “Bullshit!”.
Where I live, everything really looks perfectly normal. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, people are going shopping – and everybody is wearing stupid masks…
I skim the local newspaper website, Inquirer.com, every morning just to make sure my blood pressure stays high.
Ever since the Megadeath Virus of Doom scamdemic was launched in March, 2020, the Inquirer (like, I assume, every other major newspaper in the US) has been posting “Helping You Through COVID” articles that are all on this fatuous, puerile level. In a variation of the standing “Dear Abby” (or “Penthouse Forum”) skepticism, I wondered if these were authentic, spontaneous queries from scamdemic thralls, or were devised artificially by either public-health authorities or editors and reporters.
At first, I assumed that they were just too dumb and infantile to be genuine questions, but I learned to my dismay that despite my profound cynicism, I was giving the doomstruck public too much credit.
These “helpful” articles and blurbs are typically posed in the form of questions ostensibly submitted by readers or picked up from social media. One early one that started my eyes rolling was, “Do I need to remove my clothing and immediately launder it when I return from a shopping trip?”
I pictured some hapless fool, stark naked except for a mask, rushing from car to house with grocery bags under one arm, and a plastic bag filled with the fool’s clothes under the other.
“…hugs should be short and not face to face…” But if we start to hug back to back instead , I guess we could maintain the time of hugging according to the B.C. ( before corona ) norm.
‘But if we start to hug back to back instead…’
Great idea Kenneth! Or even dancing cheek-to-cheek – the corona arse dance.
“With all due respect to the Brothers Berrigan and Company how many wars did they actually stop or end? The proof is in the pudding. If the war racketeer corporate fascists actually believed pacifist non violence was the way to continue their ongoing cull, crime and enslavement spree would they being arming themselves to the teeth and mass murdering like the second coming was upon them? Pacifism on our part has only made it easier for those criminal psycho bastards to work their wicked wills.”
“If one wants to survive it is time to fight, like ones life depended on it… because it does.”
I totally agree. I have a metaphore for the defaitists to try to comprehend ; If you enter your neighborhood and discover that your house is on fire , knowing your loved ones are inside , would you even for half a sec think “It´s too late , I can´t do anything to help them ” ? I don´t think so. You would run trying to get inside no matter the heat , or find something to choke the fire. You´d try anything , ANYTHING , out of sheer desperation. If all you had was just a bucket of water , you would empty it on the fire. You wouldn´t hezitate for being naive , or start to analyze the odds.
And that´s where we are. The house is on fire. With your loved ones inside. It´s your choice now.
I hope this won’t sound like spewing bile. And I certainly agree that this is a beautiful tribute to Daniel Berrigan – beautiful because it’s genuine, as opposed to someone merely hopping on the Berrigan bandwagon.
However, a personal odyssey is always problematic, a kind of gently kilned double edged sword. In order to present the person being honored, it is understandably necessary to present oneself – which presents, as well, a very fine line separating hero worship from self promotion.
Yes, I realize showing the honoree actually inspiring the one doing the honoring adds perspective to the presentation; but it also requires the speaker to explain why and how he was inspired, which in turn ends up being a much a paean to the speaker as to the honoree. It simply cannot be otherwise.
For my part, I’m rather glad I never knew anyone outstanding.
In order to present the person being honored, it is understandably necessary to present oneself – which presents, as well, a very fine line separating hero worship from self promotion.
Ha, yes. In other words… To say “somebody is great” is to say, indirectly yet clearly, that you have 1) the mental powers to judge people, and 2) the right to judge people, i.e. pronounce who is great, and by implication who belongs to some other ‘category,’ which is insufferably boldfaced self-promoting. It’s additionally irritating that the praise can show that the speaker regards others as too stupid to recognize his ‘subtle’ trick. And, let me say that just the other day I here I called a guy called Liam Scheff was a “great thinker,” which made me feel quite uncomfortable.
Beautiful writing, thanks Edward Curtin
If I were more of a romantic then I could probably enjoy this: I am not.
Meanwhile the cull proceeds
Dr Carrie Madej The Future of Humanity is at Stake – YouTube
I think Edward Curtin will get some orders for his book today, me included.
Some other comments mention cyber attacks etc – it does seem very very likely the internet will be a targeted for a “great reset”. I’ve no idea how that will work out and how some autonomy might be retained/defended, but I always download important videos and buy books likewise. Decentralize.
I have it already and can whole-heartedly recommend it. There are some really good essays contained within on many diverse subjects. A great writer and money well spent.
Slightly off topic but it is interesting to view the re-run of Star Trek as it was in the 1960s. There was Captain Kirk, Mr Spock, and Dr. McCoy, as well as Scotty and the gorgeous Lieutenant Uhuru. But what stood out like a sore thumb – this was the 1960s remember – the political atmosphere of the time. It was all very Democratic, Peace, the Kennedy’s, Martin Luther King the Kennedy’s. Those were the days of hope and detent. The only fly in the ointment was the dastardly Klingons (Russia) of course but that still didn’t spoil the weltanschauung of the period. Compare that to day. NHow times change. Now we are the Klingons gagging for war. Led by the insane neo-cons. War with Russia, China, yep, bring it on.
The WSW (now revealed as a shower of shite but nevertheless still containing stuff worthy of consideration) described the 60s – or more precisely the pre JFK assassination 60s which admittedly isn’t much – as “the high tide of liberalism”. And the very fact that this high tide was so brief says a lot. But the illusion persisted for quite a while and as someone who was just born at the beginning of that decade, I still feel a nostalgia for that relentlessly naïve time. Yes – peace, love and living in harmony! Though I recall some wit noting how Captain James T Kirk was always fond of quoting the non-intervention code just before invariably violating it.
Incidentally, I always thought Star Trek: The Next Generation was less likeable in being a more blatant lie. Yes, it was very “New Age” and really laid on the treacle of pseudo-pacifism. And Captain Picard always seemed a more patronising figure. In one episode, when an alien race steal away all the children, one of the fathers is understandably horrified and expresses his anger but Picard calms him by giving a “sincere assurance” the children will be returned. The father sinks back with a look of calm. His captain has spoken, and all will be well!
WSWS is the most overfunded “out-of-touch” website I have visited in the past six months: they are still living in the 60s.
Yeah the 1860s!
Yes. The entire Star Trek series was inspired by active CIA and former military advisors, few noticed or cared… I somewhat enjoyed the television series, yet always detected subtle socialization themes running in the background. The Trouble with Tribbles was one such theme. >
TOS – S02E15 – The Trouble With Tribbles – Bing video
The Next Generation was even more blatant.
Oh dear, I read it as Tibbles and was imagining the day to day vicissitudes of the starship’s cat. CIA, military eh? Not surprising with Roddenberry being a high mason. I just today perceived a masonic joke- oddly never jailed junkie rolling stone let off heroin charges to play concert for the blind- where the one eyed man is king! I was singularly unimpressed by star trek at the time, like you say- so blatant. I might have enjoyed it if it had a cat, they can act with great style.
Scan to 40:05 into the film. Says it all…
“Yes indeed, nothing says World Socialist Revolution more than enabling the War Racketeer Corporate Fascist Oligarch Mobster Psychopath Criminals to cull, enslave, rob and use the untermenschen useless eaters as genetic engineering lab rats. The CIA Party (formerly known as the SEP) Langley-Land operation is reprehensible. What is surprising is that Crains Detroit serial entrepeneur of the year, David W Green, has not gone full Jim Jones Peoples Temple Cult. It is probably only a matter of time though.”
Star Trek is unrecognisable these days. It has gone from being an idea about humanity finding thoughtful solutions to its own problems in the exploration of the cosmos, to let’s just blast and kill anybody we disagree with. Spock’s behaviour in the recent JJ Abrams pictures, justifying killing in certain scenarios, would have horrified Roddenberry. It was the final straw for me.
After Gene Roddenberry’s wife, Majel Barrett, passed away, ( who played the original Number One, from the pilot episode) the usual trolls began to crawl out and disrespect his name, take credit for the entire concept, etc.
We’ve seen the same thing with Superman. See him snapping General Zod’s neck in one of the recent motion pictures. Can you imagine Christopher Reeve’s superman doing that?
In Transformers, you have pack shots of Grumman drones, lovingly lit by the filmmakers.
The new Wonderwoman – let’s go on a killing spree for two hours because killing some people is good.
It’s was all a sign of how we were being preconditioned for where we find ourselves now.
Yes I recall one of the Abrams Trek movies where Quinto’s Spock, on being confronted with a logical peaceful resolution to conflict, says that “this time” he does not feel like being logical! I never thought I’d hear Spock effectively say “This time it’s personal” before bombing the bastards!
Star Trek is just awful. Yes, I watch it. I like sci fi and special effects, but I hardly enjoy it anymore. The propaganda is off the charts. Talk about agendas rolling out in covid 1984! Picard is now an android with a human brain. The script for that story ark could have been written by wacko transhumanist Robert Jastrow.
And isn’t it the ultimate irony that, just as the super-rich are getting tumescent over the idea of making “humanity” (i.e. themselves) immortal through this cybernetic “updating”, they are becoming ever more contemptuous and cynical about the disposability of the rest of the race?
They’ve led themselves astray, fatally.
Message: Murder is ok if you’re wearing the right costume…
If we go to war with Russia and China, it won’t last longer than a few months. They’ll nuke us until we glow for centuries. Count on it. If we physically attack either Russian or Chinese soil, we’ll deserve the quick death we’ll get.
Technology drives all arms and the USA is a long way infront from a technological point of view. I admit that Russia comes up with some interesting stuff, but look how quickly the USA can catch up if they feel thy are behind. The USA’s problem is that they are more worried about weirdo trannies and 18’th century slaves than MAD.
The US could cut its military spending in half. Russia and China are defending their countries and resources from US aggression. They have no wish to attack the US.
Indeed, no doubt that the MIC is a huge teat for the rich to suck on. Russia appears to be much more efficient at doing development while cutting out all the fantasy spending, China is much more efficient at copying, either way they get what they need cheaper.
That’s bravado and rather poor analysis. Bravado is never a good idea. Russia and China are part of the American-dominated Corporatocracy that is in turn directed by the transnational capitalist class. If there’s war, then it will be limited and I doubt that ‘important’ citizens in any of the warring countries will be harmed. For sure, the new world order that they are foisting on us will include military conflict, at least as long as the military industrial complex, as we know it, exists.
I’m not worried about nuclear war at this point in time. This toilet world is about to be flushed. Jehovah God won’t allow monsters to destroy the liveable earth.
I disagree completely.
I’m okay with that.
Rather the slow death they are now enforcing…
“it won’t last longer than a few months.”
U$ supersonic doomsday missiles, 10 minute first strike; Russian hypersonic doomsday missiles, 2 minute second strike. It will probably be known as the Six Minute War.
Hahaha. That’s about right. I plan to get incredibly stoned and look into the flash.
There won’t be any big war, perhaps smaller ones with the US attacking a small, weak nations as we have seen many times.
Remember, the billionaire planners include russian, chinese, american, european, etc. people. They use the fear of war, fear of ‘virus’,… fear is their main weapon for control of the masses. Its also used as a distraction from whatever evil they’re doing at the time.
Don’t fall for it.
ah, ‘star trek’ an interesting cultural phenomena, of course it is really just masonic mythos wrapped in a social engineering blanket….
the early series derivative of the ‘forbidden planet’, itself a reworking of shakespeare’s the tempest..
of course ‘un-sporty’ and unattractive people flocked in droves to give their empty consumerist lives meaning in the absence of church and community thus building what was probably one of the first sub groupings of counter cultists, replete with their own ‘church’ of conventions and suchlike..
however.. of note is the movie ‘final frontier’ directed by willy shatter ( cap’n quirk) which involves a demonic devil godling on a distant planet masquerading as the ‘creator god’… this ‘demi-urge’ needs to ‘fuse’ with the mechanical starship in order to escape his confinemant (banishment ?)..
not taken in by this cosmic charlatan the canny and feeling cap’n quirk realises this is an evil ruse, and that all his crew have been co-pted and turned into cultists…
it is all there…. ‘gnosticism’, kabbala. trans-humanism, the negation of ‘logic’ and usurper ‘gods’..
for ‘those with eyes to see’……
And at the end of nearly every episode, Kirk and crew had a good laugh at Spock’s expense: America’s anti-intellectualism on full display, reporting for duty!
Roddenberry was almost certainly a freemason although it isn’t proven beyond all doubt. The multiracial nature of the crew is highly masonic and was predictive programming way ahead of its time. There’s an interesting line in the film THE FACULTY where Elijah Wood says something along the line of maybe they’re using sci-fi films to tell us what’s really happening (he’s referring specifically to CLOSE ENCOUNTERS. In that film the French guy is based on a character who was an out-and-out Satanist who went to Crowleymas ceremonies).
After STAR TREK Roddenberry tried (more than once) to launch a series called GENESIS. It’s about humanity being reset and is blatantly Luciferian. William Shatner has been in lots of highly occulted films (like INCUBUS, the first film made in Esperanto – globalist much?) and Leonard Nimoy was in a recent version of BRAVE NEW WORLD.
These are not good people and they are not on the side of humanity. There is a layer of Cold War allegory in the show’s meaning (with Spock as a kind of Von Braun figure – minus the mass murder of course) but there are layers beyond that.
Mr Curtin, great article. Perhaps you should include these heroes in the next article. Their protests and sacrifice are very much part of the greater struggle.
Davos will not be stopped by Gandhi.
If some 10% of the world population, just said no. We no longer accept, it would stopped.
As long as they could persuade the 90% to ostracise the 10%, nothing would change. You would need at least 40% to rise up and rebel for the government to do anything. That is why people use violence, as a small group of less than 1% would probably be enough to bring down a “seen to not be in control” government.
Canadian Doctor Blows Whistle on Neurological Side Effects of Moderna Vaccine in First Nations Indigenous Patients – Bringing you Truth, Inspiration, Hope. (visiontimes.com)
apologies if posted before but it seems to be rounds of twitter….. and canadians may be interested to support this Dr…….. the powers appear to be attacking him…….
i didn’t stay long looking at twitter but it is very very obvious from reading a tiny bit out there most people don’t have a clue about the whole thing re it not being a vaccine, and that it doesn’t really do anything for anyone……
and my swim mate who had hers is getting worse by the day…..interesting he mentions acute headaches which was her first symptom…. she briefly appeared today and seems a total mess…..but still denying it could have anything to do with her vaccine……
I think you’re referring to Dr Hoffe. Yes, We’ve looked at it. But thanks all the same. Some may have missed the info.
Thank you for the link.
Sadly we are in deep trouble in Canada as all parties and health bureaucrats march to the same sickening drum.
Two people of conscience and medicine :
Tucker Carlson interviews Erin Marie Olszewski
DR. PETER MCCULLOUGH ON TUCKER CARLSON – 5/7/2021
And a short gratuitous one for inspiration:
Incredible TEDx Talk on Viral Issue Realities, Short Excerpt here! – YouTube
(I am somewhat skeptical of Mr. Carlson politically but through this scamdemic I have
become a follower of his reporting.)
Off-Topic, apologies to the author.
I’m so bereft of mainstream news I only saw today that the Gates of Hell couple pushing for the global cull of humanity are consciously uncoupling. That is, Melinda or Malinger which suits her better, is cashing out.
According to Forbes, Malinger got wind of Bill’s shenanigans with Epstein and the Lolita gang when the story broke in October 2019. Around the time of Event 201.
Maybe Malinger sees the writing on the wall with this covid operation. The injectable pathogen uptake is not going to plan with many vaccine centers empty and scores of vial (and vile) product thrown out, unused.
As the Rats jump off the sinking ship, perhaps there’s a growing realization of the possibility that Billy Batshit – who gets a cheap thrill out of poisoning children – will spend life behind bars along with the other members of the criminal corona cabal.
I have a similar positive view that their strategy is crumbling. But even if not, it’s a great feeling that many candles of hope are dispelling the darkness of evil and fear. They needed us to lose hope, and they have failed. Allons, mes braves.
Hey ‘Search. Ah, what a great day that will be.
This story gives the faulty impression that Gates’ association with Epstein was only late on and therefore quite slight. In reality, they were connected at least as far back as the mid Noughties. It’s highly implausible that the saintly Melinda could have been unaware of this.
At best she was concerned about bad publicity and not the substance; at worst the whole thing is a put-up slice of disinfo.
I wonder if the Gates’ persona is being eased off the scene because he’s so manifestly failed to sell the vaccine to a large swathe of the US public? Billions + geekiness hasn’t cut the mustard and they need to reboot? Elon Musk seems more the preferred model now – he’s younger, seems more visionary and has a veneer of rebelliousness. He was handed SNL recently as a publicity platform.
It’s also worth restating that Gates wasn’t the only ‘science-tist’ with links to Epstein. I’m not particularly a fan but Amazing Polly did some good research showing how many technocrats and transhumanists had been “entertained” or received money from Epstein. Perhaps, like Dershowitz, they all kept their underpants on?
Well, Elon’s rockets keep crashing. So I don’t know. There was one recently, I believe, that went up, not far, and then came down and tumbled over. Oh my. Do I want his brain chip? No.
nonsense, when he reverses the video for his dupe-toob channel his ‘rockets’ land perfectly…
no doubt having returned from ‘mars’ heh, heh..
and further more I know it to be true..
imbeciles have told me so..
Saturday Night Live hasn’t been funny in 30 years. It’s bad, poorly done comedy. Regardless, the cast didn’t want Musk on the show. Musk’s Teslas have a bad habit of crashing and killing people and many are beginning to realize they are junk. I don’t think Musk will be Citizen Kane anytime soon but Americans are so malleable and dumbed down now that anything is possible.
Seeing as everyone is wearing their underpants on their faces now it’s a good job Epstein isn’t around anymore.
Probably. I’m more interested in the background, and the people behind Wexner, Maxwell and Epstein. Was Wexner being blackmailed? Or was Epstein just his front man and a cut out? Because it seems like Victoria’s Secret and many of these larger corporations connected to the cryptocracy are part of the money laundering and influence peddling within the framework of the Zion-Mason Mafia.
I agree with the rest of your assessment on Malinger, Bill Kills, with Musk as the new front man of the fraud and kill grid.
Have you ever looked into the Lifeboat Foundation?
Epstein was a member of that Club. It’s supposed to be a group of scientists and academics funded and founded to circumvent humanity from destroying itself. In actuality, Lifeboat is doing the opposite and spearheading transhumanism, AI, eugenics, depopulation, sterilization and the alien mythos.
There is an interesting little theory about this here: https://twitter.com/cordeliers/status/1391625976522723332
One gets the feeling that this is somehow related to the fake IP controversy, and to the push for shiny new ‘treatment options’ as promised by Johnson et al.
had a speculation with a friend about this a couple of days ago….. though divorce was pretty obvious a forward option via his astrology we also wonder if the lovely lady who they now have in Custody, Ms Maxwell, may sing a few too many things that may leave Gates open to legal proceedings……. which may amount to billions….. that is without consider it isn’t that hard to prove he set up the whole thing re covid through control of WHO, ferguson etal……. so maybe now is the time to hive the money off to her accounts so there is squat diddly for any general public to come after…….
cynic that i am…….
and yes they seem to be peddling the line that she has wanted a divorce for a couple of years now since finding out about his association with Epstein….when you own the media that isn’t hard to do…..any story one wants…
Patrick Henningsen quipped: ‘I wonder who’ll get custody of the vaccines’.
That’s it, salt the money in the beard’s account.
Take a look at Melinda’s face as Bill enthuses, “We’re taking things that are, you know, genetically modified organisms, and we’re injecting them into little kids’ arms, we just shoot ’em right into the vein.”
Is she kicking his ankle thinking “FFS, you’re on camera, don’t give the fucking game away…!”
See video here, a classic https://www.bitchute.com/video/ZzAZzyT6itBW/
He was referring to previous “drug trials”, but you get the picture.
It’s that what he said for real?
“We’re taking things that are, you know, genetically modified organisms, and we’re injecting them into little kids’ arms, we just shoot ’em right into the vein.”
Yes, it’s an exact quote from the video. Watch it.
Yes. I’m sure that the vid would be easy to find. Enter his name into a search at any number of good sites, including Truth Comes to Light and you’ll probably find it. Even a Google search might call it up.
Enjoy the custard pie. Shame it wasn’t made of cement.
The other thing that is noteworthy, is how they used Bollywood actors to encourage people to take vaccines in previous human experimentation in India, (I’d lay a very large bet on none of those Bollywood fuckers actually taking a jab themselves), just as they have done here in the UK with Lenny Arsehole Number 1 Henry, and his contemptible luvvie cohorts, including Sir Elton Johnson’s gonna fall off if this wasn’t a placebo
Thanks for the video link. I dont know if you noticed, toward the beginning he is sitting at a table, and he seems to be just going backwards and forwards, a movement one associates with autism. If he has autism that would explain that he smiles whenever he talks of reducing population with vaccines: for autism may make it impossible to feel for others, and have any inkling of what they may be feeling. It would also explain that he doesnt understand what he says, just repeats mechanically what he’s told to say. But this would also explain why he is dangerous: someone who cannot related to others is dangerous.
I think you’ve presented an incorrect description of autism, which is a large spectrum, and we cannot simply say those on the spectrum cannot feel for others. And it takes more than rocking back and forth in a brief clip to assume such a diagnosis.
I don’t know enough about Gates to diagnose him that much. He is dangerous, powerful, and like his circle he seems to have a somewhat dehumanized view of the mass of humanity. When we diminish others to lesser beings then there’s little or no feeling for them.
That said, he and his crowd may well be psychopaths, and that would be a better explanation for the willingness to exterminate millions. At this point I do think that’s the most plausible explanation for these injections, but I’m keeping an open mind.
Anyway, thanks for your various comments.
I am horrified at your comment for making excuses for Gates that he does not understand. I agree he has autism, and I understand he has been diagnosed with it. His behaviour shows his autism i.e. the rocking backwards and forwards you mention. He smiles whenever he tells us of his population reduction plans, i.e. his plans for killing us, but that is because people with autism tend not to be able to control facial expressions as ‘normal’ people do, so the facial expression gives away their real thoughts.
You are confusing autism with the behaviour of a person who is a narcissist. It is highly possible he is a narcissist as well as having autism.
Watching and listening to Gates, I believe he fully understands what he is hoping to achieve. He loves making money and pulling the strings of puppets, as he sees us. More money equals more power and the control of others. He also comes from a family who have interfered in the lives of others for several generations. Family’s like that believe they are superior to ‘ordinary’ people.
Most people with autism do not want other people dead just so they can make money or have control.
My qualifications for knowing how people with autism feel and behave – I have autism. I am annoyed when some ‘expert’ tells me what I should think and feel because I have autism, and they don’t. I also dislike how they assume I am not very bright i.e. low IQ.
I know what is happening around me. I understand what I say. I don’t like it when someone tries to tell me what to say or what to think. If anything, I was way ahead in this farce this last year. On the first day of lockdown, I did my research and announced to my husband:
‘It’s a scam. Covid is not a real illness, it doesn’t exist.’ I saw straight through it and that the push was for vaccinations and control. The same way that within one hour of 9/11 I stated ‘That’s a movie.’
‘He smiles whenever he tells us of his population reduction plans, i.e. his plans for killing us,..’
Could it also be part of a script he follows and his smile is dupers delight? I think Bill Gates is another ‘controversial’ TV character, designed to divide opinion. How much time (over the years) have people spent arguing/discussing this despicable character? I suspect the same of that bellend Elon Musk.
‘The same way that within one hour of 9/11 I stated ‘That’s a movie.’ ‘
Kudos to you County Girl! And how very right you were! It took me a few years to realise that it was indeed a movie, although I called my brother in the UK just after (in the 9/11 ‘live’ movie) the second tower went down and said ‘Why is the imagery of such terrible quality? Is it as bad over there?’
According to all reports, it was ‘a beautiful clear sunny bright day in New York’ yet we see absolutely nothing of that in the ‘live’ TV coverage…..it was all grainy, hazy, blurry and shitty. There are some wonderful, sharp aerial films to find of New York dating back to the 70’s. God only knows what kind of cameras they were using that ‘fateful day’.
Thanks Claret. What I did see was the ‘movie’ version within 30 minutes of the first plane ‘hitting’ the tower. I was in the UK, and at 2.00 p.m. i.e. 0900 Eastern time I climbed into my car and heard the BBC news to say a plane had hit a tower in NY. I drove to my mother’s home and at 2.30 p.m. walked into her lounge to see a film of a plane flying into a tower, hitting it and the tower collapsing.
My mother had a new TV large flat-screen and only just introduced into the UK at that time. I saw a full colour and in glorious detail – filmed in excellent sunny weather – version of events. When my mother insisted it was not a movie, but a real happening event, my first statement to her was ‘Well, that’s amazing. Someone with a movie camera just happened to have it pointing in the right direction, at exactly the right time.’
Catherine Austin Fitts has some very wrong, dumb ideas, but she’s also very, very smart about money. She was talking with someone (David Knight or someone) and when the subject of all those people clamoring for the injection came up, she suggested that reports by corporate media about that should be doubted. She doesn’t think that as many people as the gangster reporters say are getting the shots, or want to, are. I thought that that sort of tracks. We know how they roll. They manipulate and lie as often as they open their mouths to speak.
It’s all in the land of the blind. Evidently, where you are there are still sighted people. Where I am (Maryland, USA), almost all have permanently covered their eyes. I am the one and only person I know who hasn’t had and doesn’t want the jab.
I have to say that what I see is not at all encouraging. While Fitts’s theory is reasonable, it’s also impossible to not notice that most people have allowed themselves to become stupid beasts.
As I said in other comments, I think it depends in what kind of locality you live. Anyhow thats the impression I get: the more upper middle class, the more degrees (I prefer that than saying educated) they have, the more likely they are of getting the vaccine.
Yes forgot to tell. Read that the other day! Like you wondered whether she knows the ship (his ship) is about to sink… Which frankly would be great news!
Klaus Schwab’s cute little warnings/threats about a cyber attack which would include power outage will now be rehearsed. Shades of Event 201.
I lack the patience to wade through it; hopefully one of you will do that. https://www.globalresearch.ca/prepping-cyber-pandemic-cyber-polygon-2021-stage-supply-chain-attack-simulation/5744539
Windows /Google has been selling hard the idea of compromised passwords for a good while now. You sign into something on a new computer and you jump through a billion confirmation emails and “was this you?” and stay password safe. All those credits we all have as digital numbers on a screen could start to magically disappear. And the banks will have a clause in your contract somewhere that fully indemnifies them etc.
didn’t they fire round 1 on weekend with the big pipe line in US? i thought media was suggesting that was a cyber attack….hack or whatever one wants to call it.
Talk of cyber attacks has been rampant. Cyber this cyber that. Attack. Fear etc. Flick! Oops, sorry all the digitals displays where you money used to be are gone. That means your “money” doesn’t exist any more. Sorry, we’re not liable. Good luck out there. Bank with us, tell your friends. Oh and next time, use a password with a capital letter thrown in or something. Stay safe!
That was a truly beautiful article. I was forcibly reminded of, I believe, a Richard Dawkins comment that I paraphrase, “I don’t fight Fascism to WIN. I fight Fascism BECAUSE it is Fascism. Fucking A.
Dawkins is an atheist evolutionist eugenicist. He can’t prove any of his kook beliefs.
Dawkins did however fall foul of the transgender fanatics.
A case of revolutions devouring their own children?
The ayatollah of atheism hoist with his own petard
Dawkins has lots of “accepted” beliefs, such as belief in unprovable “evolution”, and religion is not an accepted belief.
Just ask the pope who also appears to not believe in religion and is now working for the NWO: criticising people for not taking the vaccine, calling it the “virus of individualism”, despite the fact that Jesus, Virgin Mary, Saints etc are all individuals and that his whole religion is based on people being responsible for their own beliefs – does society have a rosary?
The established churches were always going to die through corruption: Catholic and CofE, but the religion will not die that way, it will undoubtedly survive for a long time.
You are correct, leaders of organized religions have fallen silent, cowards.
Rostand Cyrano de Bergerac
The present strain of predators known to themselves as homo sapiens solve their problems through the use of violence almost exclusively. in doing so they have killed and eaten most of the planets other mammals . and continue to do so , soon we will begin to view each other as food . Ideologues like Mr Berrigan in his certainty/Jesuitical fanaticism and the western version of pacifism certainty made it impossible for him to face that truth . He like Noam Chomsky among many others of their ilk have helped hustle homo sapiens toward the extinction we now face. Pacifism has always been proven to be an evolutionary cul de sac those who turn down that road soon cease to exist .
You’re a nut. Grab a club and let’s meet and go at each other. I’ll be honest. I’m going to bring my double barreled 12 gauge to blow your genetically inferior ass in half.
There. Does that get your primitive reptile brain excited?
I have some advice for you. Don’t breed.
Don’t forget Jesus in your list of fanatical ideologues. You might also wish to include Ben Salmon, MLK, JFK, RFK and many other unsung heroes. JFK wrote: “Wars will continue until that distant day when the Conscientious Objector is revered as much as the warrior is today”. What would a goddam pinko, purple-heart WWII veteran know about war anyway?
Every combat veteran I’ve ever known – from world war 2 to Iraq – was anti-war except in defense of our physical borders.
Don’t mention JFK to him, he’ll go into a fit
poor impoverished you
“About the only thing more pathetic than Gnome ‘believe in the quackery’ Chumpsky are the poor pathetic wretches that come to him looking for guidance and advice or consider him something more than an unprincipled corrupt toady hack without a shred of integrity. They are pitiful.”
“This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”
Fascinating. So imagine two cultures: one a pacifist one where people live in harmony with each other and co-operate, the other a relentless tale of violence and murder. Ooh – I wonder which would last longer?
Hello Jim McDonagh: Comments are inferring that your first sentence is quite correct…
No one wishes to face the fact that military morons murder civilians and pacifists First. Thus the unwashed masses have repeatedly culled the intelligent and gifted, and pre-selected for evolutionary regression and degeneracy every time…
Thanks for an honest assessment of the situation…
Some friendly advice: never end a paragraph by contradicting it’s beginning. You start by criticizing the way humanity operates; then end by suggesting that’s the best way to operate.
May I offer a suggestion? “Thankfully, homo sapiens solve their problems violently….This is why pacifism is absurd. Amen.”
of course the cul-de-sac you speak of could itself be part of an operation, hoover’s quote is interesting for this reason is it not…
“The individual is handicapped by coming face-to-face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists. The American mind simply has not come to a realization of the evil which has been introduced into our midst. It rejects even the assumption that human creatures could espouse a philosophy which must ultimately destroy all that is good and decent.” — J. Edgar Hoover ~The Elks Magazine, August 1956
also the rancorous ‘kissinger’ on his views of ‘meat for the grinder’..
“Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.”Henry Kissinger ..
the hollow men love nothing more than the thinning of the herd, and hold the monopolies on violence and its applications…
no doubt they ‘consume’ ‘their’ ‘long pig’ heavily salted and baked in clay…
You’re missing out homo psychopathicus, a definite sub species. I sometimes wonder if they are genetically modified.
Pacifists are only successful of they manage to gather a large enough following to make the current government nervous. True of Gandhi, JFK, MLK etc. Using the power of popularity to move the government. In which case I suppose all the pacifists were Trump supporters?
Keir Starmer is By Far The Worst “Leader” of The Labour Party. He is even worse than Tony Blair. He has absolutely no connection whatsoever to ordinary working people. He doesn’t represent us. He is more extreme Tory than even the extreme Right Wing of The Tory Party. They wouldn’t have him.
Even many traditional Labour Party voters preferred Margaret Thatcher. At least she stood for something, and allowed them to buy their own council houses for next to nowt.
wtf does Keir Starmer stand for?? He has no policies and absolutely no charm. Jeremy Corbyn, might have been a bit crap…he wasn’t quite ruthless enough about getting rid of the infestation of the Evil Blairites in The Labour Party, but he is a far better man, than this piece of sh1t.
I don’t understand why anyone would vote Labour, whilst he is the “Leader”
Total waste of space, and a complete Evil [email protected] too, if you know anything about him in his former job.
Ask The Swedish, the Americans and Julian Assange about that.
Compassion? He comes over as 100% C’NT
Even Thatcher didn’t manage that.
Thatcher was a nazi bitch.
“When it comes to sleaze in the UK Blairigula is still unmatched, even with shit for brains Boris the Clown or Maggie the Moron.”
Starmer is a Zionist. That is why he is in the position he is in.
As are the Labour Friends of Israel. Practically the whole of the Parliamentary Labour Party.
Starmer is a Zionist abductee. Just look at his face. He makes a rabbit caight in the headlights look happy. If you took down his pants you’d see a vice round his gonads.
Also Bolshevik and trilateral commission- anti democratic through and through. His job was to trash the Labour Party and he’s doing very well.
Somebody (I think it was Robin Cook’s wife) described Blair as having no charisma whatsoever. In which case, Starmer has achieved the impossible: he has less than no charisma.
Regarding Tony Blair, there is a void where his humanity should be, so charisma stands as much chance as light on the event horizon of a black hole.
Maybe this got lost in the mist. The internet did go down for a bit. Ed Curtin might have been the inspiration, but I just wrote what I experienced earlier this evening and pressed send. I can’t see anything offensive it, though I did borrow an image from Japan.
Whilst I love it when our young Grandchildren are here, often being very noisy playing together – and screaming together in fun, even in the height of lockdown last summer, when they came round on a very hot day, splashing in the paddling pool. (my wife says the neighbours were looking at us in disgust, but they did not complain to us, nor so far as I am aware phone the thought police), I also love it when they are not here like right now.
I sit on my wooden garden hammock in almost complete silence to listen and observe. There is no blaring loud music. The only human thing I can here is a couple, maybe a few gardens away quietly chatting. I can’t hear the words, and don’t want to, but I can occasionally hear the gentle laughs of two old people like my wife and I, still very much in love.
Then I look at my cat (she is lovely but getting a bit old – for chasing birds)
A magpie lands in our garden drinking fresh water from the solar fountain. The magpie looks at the cat, and the cat looks back at the magpie, both completely unconcerned about each other, and still almost completely silent, apart from the birds flying past overhead singing.
Then the Magpie flies up into the Tree, and there is this aweful noise from our male starling.
He says to the Magpie – We live Here. This is Not Your Garden…Can you Please Go away. I might not be quite as big as you, but this is my garden not yours.
The Starlings made babies here last year, nesting in our wooden garden arch covered in wisteria. We knew they were there, but didn’t tell our cats. We lost two of them in the lockdown last year, mainly due to old age. It happens to everyone, eventually, if you are lucky.
Try and get as old as you possibly can. Don’t die young. Just chill. These things will pass. It will get better.
You do not allow, a very small number of powerful psychos, to kill us all off. There are other solutions.
Chill? Perhaps …
However, an overabundance of ‘chillers’ invariably ends up with a dystopian mess. Just as FREEDOM is never FREE, it is such hard work … because the psychotic, power-hungry amongst us make it forever thus. Not only do ‘they’ want your pleasant-solitude and timber hammock – ‘they’ want to enslave your grandchildren …
I am not always aligned with your posts but this is a wonderful and refreshing exception!
Great sentiment, Tony. Thank you for sharing.
You’re repeating something here that I remember reading last year.
That’s all he ever does. Inauthentic.
At least he speaks his mind and doesn’t pop up just to have a go!
Very authentic you are!
I was impressed by Father Coughlin who opposed WW2.
Once upon a time the Left was anti-war; now it’s more like…
That’s NOT THE LEFT. THERE IS NO LEFT IN THE US.
Sure there is. Aren’t AOC, Kamala and creepy Biden the Left? They are all left, even Maxine Waters.
‘Left”? You can not be serious! But clearly you can be hilariously deluded.
No. They are NOT the “left”. They support economic policies dictated by monopolists and multi-national corporations. They vote for imperialist wars. WHAT LEFTIST DOES THAT?
[No. They are NOT the “left”. They support economic policies dictated by monopolists and multi-national corporations. They vote for imperialist wars. WHAT LEFTIST DOES THAT?]
Most of them.
No. They are fake Left. They’re freaking fascists for gosh sake!
“Right-Center-Left paradigm. Just another way the WAR RACKETEER CORPORATE FASCIST OLIGARCH MOBSTER PSYCHOPATH CRIMINALS get their prole slave victims at each others’ throats instead of theirs.”
So they can rob, plunder, steal and murder some more.
Time for those criminals to GET OFF THE PLANET!
Father Berrigan’s version of liberation theology was of the right not the left, one of the reasons he managed to survive to 95 years of age, that it was doomed to failure when he embraced Western style pacifism as its primary tool , which
was well exploited by our elites of all political stripes at the time. .
Prevalence of antibodies for thrombocytopenia in those who took the AstraZeneca jab vs ‘controls’
You can ignore the 0.4 cut off line. As the article explains, that line is completely arbitrary.
The question is, do have vaxxed people higher or lower levels of antibodies for thrombocytopenia? Answer: higher levels!
And how will these levels look in 3-6 months time? – According to the manufacturer one cannot get rid of the jab content, so what will that do with antibody production?
I would be worried…
Others seem to disagree..
Just refuse the poison-stab, come what may, and wait. The suckers who took it aren’t finished with its nasty consequences yet. We shall see.
The arms race is worse than it ever was, the dumping of creation down a military rat hole is worse than it ever was, the wars across the earth are worse than they ever were.
I don’t know what more to say. I mean, we’re all going to die in a world that is worse than when we entered it.
Because success is such a weasel word anyway, it’s such a horribly American word, and it’s such a vamp and, I think it’s a death trap.
~ Daniel Berrigan
Amen, Edward. A powerful witness to a true follower of Christ. The road to Calvary can be a lonely path, but if someone is there to help share the burden, the cross is bearable. The reference to Odysseus reminded me of Brian Doerries’ excellent “Theatre of War” which premised that Greek Tragedy was for catharsis, to help heal the invisible wounds. But talk of Odysseus also reminds me that he left his son Telemachus in the care of the faithful old servant, Mentor. We all need Mentors. You find yours, and have become one to many.
The 1972 film THE TRIAL OF THE CATONSVILLE NINE can be found on-line available for free download (I don’t want to post a direct link and cause potential trouble for the uploader but a little hunting will find it).
After that one, ‘Matewan’ is another great film. My favourite John Sayles picture. Well worth a viewing considering the behaviour of the various versions of The Pinkertons in every country worldwide.
To be honoured has its value. Many walk nobly without being seen. These invisibles are the influencers. They confront the accepted reality. My grandfather, never vaccinated, son of the best known doctor in Toronto at the time, just died at 103 due to the deprivation of human contact. He never knew the Internet and it never knew him. But he influenced, fewer but deeply…
Indeed. Thank you for sharing about your grandfather. Its also not necessarily true that people who “walked nobly” in their times and were then known (even got the Nobel Prize in one case), and inspired the generations of their times, are remembered. Many arent. I think its deliberate: were their writings remembered, we would not have this today, people would have long taken a stand for humanity, society would be very different from what we have. Because their pen was sharp, they were visionaries, and gave a very insightful analysis of what was happening then and what would therefore happen later. And they were terribly human.
They wrote about how to change society, about how to change oneself to begin with, their writings are truly inspiring today… Their writings help to live not only through this nightmare, but personal difficulties too. Yet they are not remembered. Romain Rolland is one of them.
Others are remembered but for the wrong reasons: Tolstoy wrote in his diaries, or somewhere, that those who praise him to the skies for War and Peace and Anna Karenina (about the latter, he was nauseated, and found it painful to finish it) are precisely those who would burn him for his ideas, for his other writings.
Most know a bit about these ideas because he directly inspired Gandhi.
Same with Tagore: his love songs and romantic writings are remembered, but who reads his real hard core ideas, his volumes on nationalism, his “The religion of man” and so on? Who?
Even with just science, who remembers the writings of Edward Carpenter? Some of the best commentaries and criticisms of science, and equally his suggestions for science in the future (he was a physicist) should be a must read. All he is remembered for is his homosexuality.
Same as you say with all the “unseen”. In the end it little matters whether they are remembered or not, because the ideas can never be destroyed. And in each generation some imbibe them. And its thanks to this army, seen and unseen, remembered or not, that humanity has survived through thick and thin, that slowly more individuals manage to raise themselves towards the most honourable status there is, that of “Man”, and integrate that army.
This time too, their humanity will win. It acts without violence, without beating a drum to announce its coming. It acts silently, but its influence is long lasting, it lasts forever. The Gates of today are mere shadows that come and go, and will be lost in the dustbin of history, however much Google tries to wipe out the internet of anything that does not fit its destructive ends, however much it thinks it can control the past, the present and the future through controlling information: thats just it, its mere information, its not wisdom, its not even knowledge.
Lots to digest there and a few good pointers. “A man may die, empires will fall, but an idea lives on”. There are many reasons for hope today: the Unspeakable have had decades to plan this Covid Psy-Op but as Von Moltke said, No plan survives first contact with the enemy (us). Though we have been inflicted with their “Shock & Awe” treatment (or Hitlerian “Blitzkreig”) we are forming silos of resistance and slowly coming together. The vaccination roll-out will gradually stop when people start to glimpse the truth. Maybe Melinda Gates is the New Messiah….? As they say in NZ, “Yeah right”. But the point is that despite all their harvesting of data, they are unable to fully predict events because plans are only plans. Furthermore, their internecine squabbles among and between the various forces of The Unspeakable means they are not a cohesive force. We shall overcome. Venceremos. The Human Spirit is bloodied but unbowed. Which one of you is Spartacus?
”I am Spartacus.”
If you are Spartacus, I’m Donald Duck…..ergo, I too must be Spartacus. Is there any room on that crucifix?
Gandhi was a Hindu fanatic his form of pacifism caused the deaths of millions of Muslims and Hindus as well as many Buddhists.
Bullshit. Gandhi was as close to a saint as we can get in a politician and public figure. He was consistently opposed to the creation of apartheid Israel and that was why he was liquidated.
”’ I think that the British might have had something to do withy it.” Look up the Indian Mutiny.
He was no Hindu fanatic. Why do you distort history? This is one of the worst things, and exactly what the people in authority do: give a false twist to half-truths. Half-truths are worse than lies. Or is that your aim? to subvert history and to demolish the character of the best this world has seen? Whether ignorance or your aim, it is very very sad to be someone participating in this process.
Did you know his sole reason for not converting to Christianity (i.e. Tolstoy’s Christianity which he took for “official” Christianity) is simply strategic: he could not have done what he did if he did not espouse the ways of being of the majority.
Anyhow by trying the belittle the best, dont you think you are only belittling yourself: what they are or were will not change even if you and the whole world are untruthful or unable to recognize greatness.
Muslims and Hindus were not killed because of him. Anyhow read history, and from people who really knew what happened.
The one thing that one can reproach is to have accepted partition. He should have stood up to it. That yes, I agree. We are all humans, none of us is perfect.
Beautiful, and inspiring!
Thank you MaryLS.
Thank you for this comment. I do perceive a problem though. Your confidence that humanity will continue even through the present madness is somewhat belied, ironically, by the writings you mention – belied precisely because those in charge have created a social paradigm which will all but eliminate such written works.
Who will write the words tomorrow that will inspire the youth? And, sadly, who will read such words? Writing itself is on the road to becoming nothing more than “texting,” wherein all words become coded anagrams. How will tomorrow’s youths ever discover the absolute beauty of words when there will be none? When all real writing will be created in secret, as Solzhenitsyn’s tiny paragraphs were?
The internet gives a very wrong impression of what the world is truly like. The entire works of humanity are outside the internet, those youngsters who are worth it (I mean who will participate in making us unfold increasingly our humanity) know where to go to read. Its always been a minority who has participated in if I may say the “humanization” of humanity, and I believe it will always be like that. What the majority does, simply is of little concern: all that matters is ensuring they cant as they are doing now create problems for everyone.
That minority will always be there, has always been there, and though some of them may well be killed, tortured, silenced, its sufficiently strong to get through the worst times.
They tortured to death Giordano Bruno. What did they achieve by that? Ok it postponed by a century the realization among Western intellectuals that objectivity is a figment of our imagination, but a mainstream Western intellectuals have never been the whole world. Anyhow in the end, that came to known. And all the ideas of Bruno have become commonplace among those who think about the basic questions of life.
For more than 1000 years, both in India (after its decadence in the first millennium AD, before that heliocentrism was an accepted and openly debated thesis) and in Europe, they tried to distort and ban all writings explaining that the earth revolved around the sun. Well its now known by everyone, except possibly a fundamentalist fringe.
Yes there was decadence in between in some domains, but even a millennia is nothing in the history of humanity. But other domains thrived. The arts for example, all over the world, music, philosophy and metaphysics in some places, even science in some places.
Im not saying that the current tyranny will last a 1000 years, Hitler’s dream of a 1000 year Reich was as foolish as the man who had such dreams.
In whatever ways it unfolds, humanity will always be victorious, it always is. Ideas and wisdom do not need the internet to flourish or to spread. If a child has a wise parent or grandparent, or someone wise in their family, they get transmitted the wisdom of millennia, however much the family may be illiterate and poor. In fact, its rather in the centres of I prefer to say information, rather than knowledge (though knowledge too is not wisdom, nor do you need knowledge to be wise) that you find the least wisdom.
Thats why those of us within or near these centres get a lopsided view of humanity.
Now this does not mean we shouldnt push back the establishment of tyranny, but thats precisely what that minority is doing, always has done it, will always do it, because tyranny is a cult of death, while humanity is a celebration of life. I think somehow its beyond us: why otherwise so many at the cost of their own wellbeing do not compromise, do not participate in any destructive aspect of society, let alone of a tyranny and try to ensure it doesnt get a chance to be established for too long? Why? What makes them do it when they know they could have what society calls a most wonderful life by compromising? Thats the question isnt it? Well all lies in the answer to it…
Those who create change and are at the tip of the spear when it occurs are never credited for their efforts , our need for self deception sees to that.
Berrigan was merely one the best militant ops doing Rome’s work as he was sworn to do. Grandstanding as the kindest smartest neatest and fiercest defenders of really good things is terrific cover for advancing System policies, however much he appeared so heroic in his convictions. Agreed he did his work admirably, but might want to pay close attention to what is being celebrated. http://www.granddesignexposed.com/pdf/ROEpdf.pdf