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Good ol' boys and their games

Those familiar with Critical Thinking's analysis will know that nation states or even empires are something of an illusion. They carry the hallmarks of sovereignty. However, they are controlled, not by governments but by the Structural Elite. 

Meanwhile, we, in our ignorance, conduct discussion in terms of which countries represent threats to our future. A popular theme is the rise of China, displacing the USA as the world's primary superpower. Unbeknown to most, the people who run China are under the same control as those that run America. Furthermore, this control has a long history which exposes the modus operandi of the Structural Elite; capture young rising stars and fuel their rise to power while dangling rewards to seduce them. Secret societies and dubious ritual practices are a form of indoctrination to bind the elevated cattle to their masters. "Chairman" Mao was a product of this process and China's leadership today is his legacy.

Mao was a Yale Man - A Yali with Skull and Bones 
“By about the year 2000 Communist China will be a “superpower” built by American technology and skill.” Antony C. Sutton, American Secret Establishment published 1984
(some of the links in this long article are broken but it doesn't detract from its value)

The biggest threat to our future is not China... or Russia. It is centralised power.

Making sense of the world is not difficult, once we understand the political economy as a system comprising many subsystems. When we look beyond the obvious, we can see the threads of the web of power extending from the Structural Elite to every aspect of global activity. Once we recognise that and that it is our consent and compliance which reinforces their power and wealth, withdrawing consent to be farmed is the obvious response.


Land belongs to no-one

Can you imagine ethnic or social cleansing of Buckingham Palace? Unlikely because monarchy started the enclosures of the commons with the arrival of the Normans; institutional hierarchy and theft of the commons go hand in hand. It is the "little people", the powerless and the vulnerable who are displaced because the greedy bullies want their land, usually for profit and driven by usury. In the UK, particularly London, "gentrification" (as if the replacement populations are "gentlefolk" rather than beneficiaries of bullying and harassment) is conducted by stealth, lies and deception. It repeats and repeats.

Balfron Tower: the artwash of an icon by Rab Harling
Why were Bow Arts so aggressive toward me just for questioning why part of my rent was being donated to a charitable cause? Why was a charity promoting community arts trying to use me to help displace a working class community from their homes, so they could be sold off to luxury property developers, all using public funds received from Arts Council England?  It didn’t take a great deal of research to discover that Bow Arts were taking public funds to do something that they were not actually providing, but nobody was listening.
What followed was years of hell. Trying to get anybody to believe what was happening in Balfron Tower; that artists were being used in this way; that I was apparently volunteering to give my landlord nearly £2,000 a year as a donation without even being aware that I was doing so. I reported my complaints to the police, to Arts Council England, to the Charities Commission and to HMRC.

In Palestine, there is no subtlety but brute force and violence.

Removing indigenous peoples from their land is as old as hierarchical civilisation and it's passed down through generations of abuse. Many early settlers in America were victims of abuse and enclosures at home; the abused became abusers, denying access to land and the means to life to those who lived there.

Thanksgiving: Celebrating the Genocide of Native Americans by Gilbert Mercier
The sad reality about the United States of America is that in a matter of a few hundreds years it managed to rewrite its own history into a mythological fantasy.
The concepts of liberty, freedom and free enterprise in the “land of the free, home of the brave” are a mere spin. The US was founded and became prosperous based on two original sins: firstly, on the mass murder of Native Americans and theft of their land by European colonialists; secondly, on slavery.
This grim reality is far removed from the fairy tale version of a nation that views itself in its collective consciousness as a virtuous universal agent for good and progress. The most recent version of this mythology was expressed by Ronald Reagan when he said that “America is a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere.”

We are on this earth for a lifespan and our birthright is the means to life. Land ownership denies us that right. That and usury lie at the root of our problems and are the means by which we are farmed.

Anybody Who Gives You a Belief System Is Your Enemy

Invention or discovery? Discovery is about truth. Invention "may give consolation but consolation is not the right thing. Consolation is opium."

You may learn of truth with work and contemplation but you cannot be taught truth. Accepting what others "teach" without question or investigation is to accept belief or invention. We must take responsibility for our own learning to discover truth and co-creative learning gives us resonating power to do so.

A real holocaust

The totemic number of Jews who were alleged to have died in German concentration camps was 6 million, a number for which there are numerous references dating back to 19th century, a Jewish mythology. As this number was challenged with evidence, the holocaust memorial industry was forced to revise the number downwards by over 4 million although the number of 6 million still lingers in most people's minds because it is still repeated, almost as an incantation.

Statistical records fail to confirm specific execution of Jews on any scale which would justify the term holocaust. According to the Jewish world almanac the Jewish population in 1933 stood at 15,315,859; 15 years later in 1948, when supposedly some 6 million Jews had perished in German concentration camps, the population was 15,753,638. Red Cross records confirm many fewer (Jews and non-Jews) deaths in the concentration camps than claimed in the popular narrative and most appear to have died from starvation or disease resulting from the Britsh bombing supply lines to the camps. The statistical evidence is on top of the lack of physical or documentary evidence of industrialised killing by the method claimed; the "gas chamber" at Auschwitz appears to have been built after the war by the Russians and couldn't have functioned as claimed.

Any death is a tragedy and bandying numbers in millions in some sort of pissing contest, is to belittle the suffering of non-Jews, many of whom died in horrific circumstances. It is as if Jews have exclusive right to claim victimhood from the second world war. However, millions of Germans died, not during the war but from collective punishment in the aftermath.

Did the Allies Starve Millions of Germans? by James Bacque
As soon as the Second World War ended in 1945, Canada and the United States began shipping food to the hundreds of millions of people who were facing starvation as a result of the war. Unprecedented in world history, this massive program fulfilled the highest ideals for which the Western Allies had fought. Their generosity seemed to have no limit. They fed former enemies — Italy and Japan — as well as a new enemy, the Soviet Union.
Only Germany was left out.

The destruction of Germany began with WW1 and following WW2 Germany lost its sovereignty. Today, Germany, along with Italy and Japan, is classed as an "enemy" by the UN.

Germany’s New Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel For Multilateralism – Will He Tackle German Sovereignty? by Christof Lehmann
In practical terms this means that the Federal Republic of Germany cannot make sovereign decisions pertaining its defense policy and posture and it cannot make important foreign policy decisions that could have a bearing on the “special relationship” with London and Washington without the approval of the UK and the USA.

Germany had to be removed as a threat to AngloAmerican power; that was achieved by bringing the population to its knees post-war and controlling its institutions. Today, the destruction of European nations and their culture continues with induced mass migration.

What did the Jews get from WW2? Most of Palestine and reparations for a mythological holocaust. What did Germans get? The loss of millions of citizens in the aftermath and the survivors' collective punishment and guilt for crimes they didn't commit.