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The Amerikan Empire XV: The Apocalypse of the Great Sociopath

Posted: October 1, 2015 in abuse, advertising, Africa, African-americans, aggression, American college towns, American universities, Americans, Amerikan Empire, Anarchists, Apocalypse, arrests, artist lofts, Asia, banks, billboards, blood donor banks, capitalism, checkpoints, city councils, civil service workers, civilian populations, Class War, code of honor, condos, conflict, control, corporate media, corporate radio, corrupt government, criminality, dangerous classes, data collection, despotism, dignity, dishonor, domination, economic depression, elite criminals, elites, empire, eternal war, Europe, expensive condos, expensive fines, extermination campaigns, federal government, foodstuffs, freedom, genocide, gentrification, Global Monopoly Capitalism, government, government agencies, government plots, government workers, gun confiscations, hipsters, historians, history, Hollywood movie previews, holocausts, homeless, homeless drifters, honor, human dignity, ignorance, ignoring power, imperial power, informing, labor, large warning signs, Leftist enemies, legal crime, legal theft, lines of demarcation, liquidation of the enemy, local jails, magazines, mass imprisonment, mass murder, mass unemployment, mayors, media manipulation, military operations, military weaponry, municipal governments, murder, no jobs, non-participation, North America, oaths of service, peace, police, police forces, police officers, political authorities, political cabals, political contests, political legitimacy, political operations, political parties, political struggles, political submission, poverty, power, print newspapers, prison work, prisons, professional politicians, propaganda, propaganda outlets, property, public libraries, public space, punishment, reactionary powerful regimes, regime collaboration, rent, respect, revolutionaries, revolutionary cataclysms, rip-off prices, savagery, security, service industry work, slavery, slaves, snitching, social classes, social control, social services sector, Socialists-Communists, South America, spying, staged cultural events, state governments, state oppression, state repression, state terrorism, state terrorism victims, sub-standard housing, surveillance, taxes, tent populations, tenured professor cowards, terror, the Earth, the future, the poor, the State, threatening public messages, torture, total war, TV media, tyranny, United States, universities, vigilance, violence, wage slavery, war, war against the poor, young unemployable people
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The hardest lesson for the historian to learn is that crime does pay, evil does triumph.

The Nazi Regime lost its war of conquest in 1945 – but a more monstrous regime immediately took its place: the Amerikan Empire, or the United States of America, with its headquarters in Washington D.C.

This imperial fiend still murders incessantly according to its heinous will. The Amerikan Empire is now murdering hundreds of thousands of Syrians, tens of thousands of Libyans, and thousands of Yemenis, and very soon it will murder millions of Syrians, Libyans and Yemenis, as it has recently assassinated with impunity in Afghanistan and in Iraq.

A completely illegitimate government, representing the State Mafia of Mexico City, has now murdered over 100,000 of their own citizens. This same criminal network receives most of its ‘anti-narco funds’ from the US government of sociopaths. In Colombia, another Narco-Regime has been murdering its own population unremittingly, and the number of victims is reaching the half a million mark. The Amerikan Empire has spent billions supporting and training the Colombian military-paramilitary death squads in the furtive arts of murder.

This North American Empire continues to fund and support a brutal war in the Ukraine in order for the recent coup plotters to exterminate the Russian population in the eastern part of the country. The ultra-nationalists in Kiev want a Russian-free Ukraine. The US government will support them in this cruel attempt, as it has bankrolled the KLA terrorist thugs that now run the Albanian nationalist state in Kosovo, and the Balkan Fascists that rule the Ustachi regime in Croatia. Those crooked authorities  have eliminated their Serb population problems. The Amerikan Empire is responsible for the mass killing of thousands of Europeans, yet none of the American political elites have had to appear before the so-called ‘War Crimes Tribunal.’

Another political-military system of liquidation has completed its evil tasks in Congo, Africa. 10 million victims have perished in this media blacked out genocide. The first mass extermination system began in the 1880s, when King Leopold of Belgium directed the mass liquidation. The second one has appropriated another 10 million fatalities. This second genocide received its orders from the Amerikan Empire of Sociopaths.

Across every continent, in every region of the world, the Amerikan Empire has continued to support the most venal elites, or whatever horribly corrupt government, which would even sell their family members to the lynching tree of empire. This imperial fortress of propaganda and lies has fomented total war, mass extermination campaigns, and the bad death for billions of Earth’s inhabitants.

Inside this monster overlord, institutional violence with the eternal war against the poor increases daily in intensity.  Driving a vehicle on the major interstates has become a form of mental torture. I am not just speaking of the bad drivers.

The prisons are everywhere, and so is prison construction. The fear of getting pulled over by the police forces is real. The police inside of the Empire have full powers and legal freedoms to murder, torture, imprison and rob the basic property of most Americans, often personal cash money or one’s own vehicle. Americans have incredibly difficult legal recourses in fighting such tyranny.

Throughout the United States, in small towns and in small cities, most shops stay closed and shut. The storefronts often display weird crap in the windows. Most of the open store fronts are antique shops that sell the leftover, hoarded junk from American basements and attics.

Available, decent-paying jobs are often in police, security guard, prison work. There also exist work offers in the hospital social service sectors, a few cafe or bar jobs, or if someone has family friends contacts, a cushy government, civil service job where most of the workers produce almost nothing.

The job seeker often has to travel to certain sections of the country for the productive, good paying positions, such as oil and gas work, electrical design, welding, engineering, carpentry construction, and mechanical repairs. Few Americans have the skills and experience for those good paying occupations. Many Americans who have arrest records, not even convictions or prison time, cannot access most employment opportunities.

In medium-sized cities, and which often have a large university and state worker population base, or as we call them in the States, college towns, there are lots of trendy, hipster, cool looking stores with expensive housing, such as ‘artist lofts and studio condos.’ These cities are paradises for the few lucky ones that actually hold good-paying jobs, such as university administrators, tenured professor cowards and high level government workers.

But there are also thousands upon thousands of homeless drifters, tent populations, and the poor that have no work, nor can they get any good work in the future. The local municipal and state governments offer them nothing – except the ugly gaze of the police officer, the local jail, expensive fines, parking enforcers, with the nasty glare of the local citizens who fear ending their lives under such dire conditions. Blood donor banks have lines outside their doors representing the throw away population base. Public libraries, under already scant resources, are now the only public spaces where they can sit and rest without police harassment.

Most of the trendy hipster bars, cafes, movie theaters, restaurants and clubs, charge rip off prices for the basic foodstuffs. Ordering a few rounds of drinks now costs up to 50$, and this includes the taxes and required 20% tips.

Housing costs have quadrupled to the rates of annual inflation. Young people often have to live in ‘communal housing,’ meaning eight people sharing for a four person reserved apartment. If it is a house, a really poor person can find a windowless, dank basement rent space for around 150$. With most of the service industry jobs still paying the bare minimum wage, this sub-standard housing rent has continued to rise.

The political leaders, implying the mayors and city councils, (City Halls), who run these college cities are some of the most hypocritical and vicious criminals in the political field. They regularly use the police against all the ‘dangerous classes,’ especially against African-Americans. Only the gentrification clean ups matter.

These government hacks especially hate armed citizens, yet they have their own police protection and bodyguards. The dishonorable juntas often consider themselves the arbiters of good taste, the arts and culture – as long as the patrons have money to spend in ‘their cities’ of course.

And the many megalopolis locations across the US? They all contain the plagues of American small towns and cities, but their afflictions are a thousand times more serious.

Barbarity and Cruelty flow uninterrupted in those urban infernos. The rule of law means nothing. Only the power of the urban police forces remains supreme. The utterly corrupt politicians and their lackey friends regularly abuse the millions of looted taxation monies.

Landlords transform into bloodsucking, economic vampires and resort to property pimping against their renters. Woe unto the young poor and the poor non-white populations inside of those cauldrons of economic damnation. Their only routes are the military, the prison, drug addiction, suffocating wage-slave labor, or madness. Meanwhile, the imperial masters keep the sinister arts of divide and conquer in place.

No matter what our Leftist enemies, Socialist-Communist whiners, and the other dishonest complainers say, the Amerikan Empire is not in decline. It has yet to perfect its ultimate reign of terror and supremacy of power.  The United States Empire has still not reached the pinnacle of its absolute domination and degeneracy.

We historians also know that all state empires fall, rip apart and come to their ends. This Empire will also fall. We must give it time. And when it does finally fall, it will react with a ferocity of violence that we cannot imagine. This imperial juggernaut will respond through wraths of savagery and unhinged state terrorism.

This particular empire will first implode from within, and the sociopaths that run such a beast, also know this truth. These are the reasons government agencies have stockpiled enormous quantities of military weaponry, and have consolidated unprecedented levels of electronic data collection with rough policing controls. They have also instituted various forms of vigilance in order to cow the domestic population.

A partial list has included interior checkpoints, mass imprisonment, TSA airport harassment and the gradual plots for enabling gun confiscations. Again, this Empire is still in its upper growth stages, and the sociopaths have no scruples in throwing the most horrid of weapons against its home population. Only one empire has used nuclear weapons against civilian populations – and the winner still goes to the United States.

We definitely cannot fight the cabals of evildoers in Washington D.C., nor can we even think of entering their political contests. We don’t have enough money nor any elite connections. This does not mean however that we are helpless victims to their political plotting and violent schemes.

We only have two choices. We could simply forsake our honor and dignity, and willingly submit as slaves.

The other choice is more difficult. This mode of operation rejects any and all collaboration with the current regime, regardless of political party.

We have to first stand guard against any phony moves by the elites to reform such an excrescence when the proles begin to act restless. This Empire can never reform itself no matter what ‘progressive’ or ‘honest’ politician it puts forth, and no matter what the Leftist, activist, progressive mobs proclaim about their new heroes.

The American political elites have their Liberal, no-sell out, reformers ready for public display once the political order breaks down. We Anarchists would never join in the media praise of the fakes, and we will continue to expose all such political candidates as frauds.

We need to sanitize ourselves from their multiple, sophisticated propaganda outlets. The current examples in our contemporary lives include corporate TV media, Hollywood movie previews, Clear Channel-FCC approved-radio commentaries, print newspapers and magazines, street and road billboards, public transit advertising, threatening public messages, and large warning signs.

Anarchists always disregard their staged cultural events. Ignore, ignore – ignore them all. Let their ugly messages invade our minds, and then, just let them leave. This intellectual discipline is very hard to do, but it is not impossible.

The final method is non-participation in the system. No oaths of service, no collaboration, no spying, informing or snitching for our so-called ‘authorities.’ They deserve no respect, nor do they hold any legitimacy to govern us – only punishment for their legal crimes. This punishment will never arrive so long as they maintain their power inside our minds.

Our future has never looked so horrifying. But we had no choice in the time and date of our births. It is never good to look for political struggle. Peace is the better option. But with such a depravity of evil that reigns supreme on this Earth, our honor demands that we stand and fight.

So let us stand strong, bear our burdens with courage, defend human dignity, and always center our minds on the code of honor. The universal code of honor comprises complete honesty, gentleness, friendly and open attitudes, humility, active listening rather than talking, politeness, frugality with possessions, complete generosity to all, and deep sensitivity with compassion to others.

We abstain from taking objects not given to us, aggressive behavior, the abusing of intoxicants, and sleeping around between friends. This code of honor is not easy to practice, but it will shield us from the final apocalypse, the most vile Amerikan Holocaust. Their plans for our extermination are only in the waiting stages.

And never forget: it is often the most reactionary and powerful regimes that experience the first revolutionary cataclysms. No European in the late 1700s could have imagined the Ancient French Empire losing its sacred symbol of absolute monarchy. No European in the early 1900s could have forestalled the Russian Empire rotting away, transformed into the first workers state.

Where honor is most held sacred, and in American culture it is still reigns strong in the South and the Western regions, the first lines of demarcation shall emerge.

 

Anarcho-Political Sophistication and Tactics

Posted: December 29, 2014 in activist cowards, Amerikan Empire, Amerikan police violence, armed self-defense, arrest, bombing raids, bondage, bullies, casualties, city council meetings, collaborator empires, concentration-internment centers, cops, corporate alternative Leftists media, corporate controlled selections, corporate loan education frauds, corporate mainstream news, courage, cowardice, crowds, cultural power, day jails for children, Death Squad Counterinsurgency, demonstrations, destruction, detention, dignity, donut cops, emancipation, empire, empire destruction, Fourth Generation Warfare, Frederick Douglas, freedom, freedom fighters, Gladio mercenary armies, government extortion rackets, hipsters, history, human history, Indian subcontinent, injustice, institutional lies, Internet, justice, Leftists, Leftists with bullhorns, legal crime, maiming, marchers, mass imprisonment, mass murder, mass propaganda techniques, media manipulation, media propaganda, mental slavery, military invasions, mind freedom, mobs, murder, Nazi Empire, non-cooperation, oppressed classes, painkiller dope, petitions, plantations, police abuse, police forces, police murder, police state, political bullying, political collaborators, political enemies, political marches, political methods, political movements, political outrage, political power, political practice, political rallies, political reforms, political rulers, political shouting, political slogans, political sophistication, political struggle, political tactics, political threats, political tyranny, political-economic elites, politicians, politics, poverty, prisons, protesters, racism, rage of the oppressed classes, regular people, revolutionary movements, right-wing fascist assholes, robo cops, schools, sensationalization, slave masters, slavery, social class, state agents, State criminal injustice system, state criminality, state criminals, state fees, state fines, state goons, state hoods, state mercenaries, state monsters, state power, state predators, state sociopaths, state taxation, state terror, state terrorism, state thugs, state violence, street actions, street manifestations, street protests, street thugs, structural violence, terminologies, the Buddha, the human mind, the poor, throw away populations, travelers, trivialization, truth, underemployed, unempolyed, universities, US government, US military policing, war, wills to power, Zio-Nazi Crusader State
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Out of the mouth of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, birthed a harsh truth: our most heinous enemies are often our own minds. This adage was valid during the 6th century BCE on the Indian sub-continent – and it is still pertinent for most of us humans during the beginning years of the 21st century AD.

As I think back to my past days living in that west coast, hipster, capitalist-lite, urban cauldron in the United States, I often smile to myself about those times. I experienced some weird ‘street stuff’ during my ‘growing up,’ young adult period while living there.

I experienced some pretty pathetic and stupid actions during most of those political demonstrations, protests, marches and street manifestations, all supposedly against the State, fighting the system, in which I had often attended and participated. I thought that demos and manis sufficed in the struggle. I was wrong.

I distinctly recall Leftist lunatics with bullhorns screaming into them – even though a simple voice would have worked. They often yelled out the same noxious phrases, ‘who’s streets, our streets!’ and ‘the people united, will never be defeated!, and for those that wanted to show off their crap Spanish, ‘Sí, se puede…’ Meanwhile, the local donut brigade dressed up in military high-grade outfits, like ‘Robocops,’ and gazed ominously at us, the activist-coward losers.

We radical bums, many of us unemployed, underemployed, or simply traveling, just walked around the city blocks and shouted crap. Onlookers either looked with disinterest, or probably thought we were a bunch of weird hipsters trying to get on the local news.

The police seemed annoyed that they had to babysit us around the city blocks, and we only seemed to piss off the occasional right-wing, fascist asshole that spotted us in the distance. The local political hacks probably didn’t even know that a demo was in progress. The mood afterward was dispiriting. I wasted part of my day just walking around the city blocks while I almost risked a costly arrest for nothing.

I learned some important political lessons at least. The childish Leftist tactics of street protesting against injustice often did not work, still do not work – nor will they ever successfully work. As the nineteenth-century abolitionist, Frederick Douglas stated, ‘power concedes nothing without a struggle.’ Douglas might have meant petitioning the government at the next council meetings – but we are living in different and more troubling times than his own days.

All humans on the Earth are now living under the most heinous state-elite empire that human history has ever seen, witnessed and experienced. This empire, the Amerikan Empire, has murdered, maimed and destroyed more lives that the recent Nazi Empire in Europe and in North Africa.

The rulers of this evil state concoction have mixed Police State tactics and Mass Imprisonment against the general US population. This deadly concoction has included Classical Fascism with Fourth Generation warfare; Gladio style mercenary armies inclusive of Death Squad Counterinsurgency doctrines, blended with highly sophisticated media propaganda, also incorporating widespread brainwashing among most American social classes and ethnicities

Ultimately, this Amerikan Empire encourages eternal wars, both foreign and domestic, while utilizing the most sadistic methods of monopoly capitalism. We are not dealing with insidious Fascist parties of the 1930s European variety; instead, we face cabals of state sociopaths in deep love with their powers to commit legal mass murder. How could we even think to fight such monstrous Evil and atrocious Terror?

First, Planned Political Demonstrations often do not work, and they can even turn defeating for any revolutionary movement.

Nothing is worse than having police push and shove the marchers onto the sidewalks and then pick off the unlucky stragglers for detention and arrest. Street demonstrations work when the numbers are present, meaning hundreds of thousands of marchers.

The politicians take notice and often speak at those boring rallies. The end of any successful, massive political demonstration is not crowd satisfaction, but a political reform proposal that gives a little painkiller dope to the marchers from their same, worst enemies – the politicians.

Hundreds of people out in the streets, united in outrage against some recent State criminal injustice works splendidly. The shock, anger and courageous movement of regular people scares the State monsters. These types of movements are spontaneous, powerful and frighten State power. The police come out in force and the threat of state violence is very present. The rage of the oppressed is far more powerful than the paid thugs and mercenaries of the State. The State knows this truth.

Another good political method is the armed defense of the defenseless against state bullying and threats. The criminal state plans nefariously, and with absolute attention to detail, against all of its ‘principal and dangerous enemies.’

State agents have always wanted to make examples of certain people, which works well in cowering the rest of the population into cowardice. Those US government sociopaths used such tactics against the Black Panthers, the Drug Counterculture, and the Anti-War Movement in the seventies, against MOVE in the eighties, against the Branch Davidians in the nineties, and against the domestic Muslim population during the first decade of the 21st century.

They recently tried the same thing against America’s gun culture, outlaw ranchers and Southern culture during the second decade. This is what happened recently at the Bundy Ranch. When the armed regular citizens faced the goons of the state, the state hoods left the scene of the crime.

The government agents then prepare for their revenge – which is what they are doing as I write this essay. The freedom fighters with guns in Ferguson have just set them a little off course however.

Second, We must never offer apologies for speaking the truth to power against all injustice, state criminality, cowardice, and all forms of structural violence.

Recently, I have witnessed political blogs that have consistently documented Amerikan police violence against the general population, apologizing and backtracking on their websites. These Internet blogs actually believe that one article praising the ‘good cops’ will make the police forces respect them – or even keep them safe from police abuse. This is not the case, nor has it ever been true throughout history. Like all bullies, elites, slave masters and street thugs, those that hold power always hate and despise the weaker ones that do not hold power.

Third, We have to avoid, reject, ignore, not even browse, nor use any of the vocabulary from both the corporate ‘mainstream’ media and the corporate alternative, Leftist media. Every time we use their bogus terminologies and most importantly, echo chamber their issues and concerns, we become mental slaves to them and they, in turn, become our ideological masters. We willingly enter the worst type of mental slavery.

For example, if both the Corporate Mainstream Media and the Corporate Alternative-Leftist Media happen to trivialize and sensationalize police, cops and racism, then we ought to continue our focus on the nefarious history of all abuses of power: courts, prisons, police, plantations and the State, inclusive of US military policing during invasions of foreign countries.

If the police murder some regular civilian on our urban streets, then we need to use the right words for our outrage – the word of murder. The police are not killing our fellow our citizens, they are murdering them, and this is especially true during the arrests and murders of non-victim ‘crimes,’ such as taking ‘illegal drugs.’ or ‘selling ‘contraband’ on the city streets. The same is true of the US military overseas. If the US government bombs a village and murders a good amount of the local population, then this is also murder, and we ought to use the correct verb.

This method also works for the now stale terms of terrorism and terror. Terrorism is not just the desperate guy with the gun and hostages, it also represents the desperate villagers huddled under the cover of a shelter during a massive bombing raid. Invasion needs to replace war, collaborators need to replace interim governments, and mass murder needs to replace civilian casualties.

Instead of overusing the term, homeless and the poor, we could state, throw away populations. When we refer to the chronic underemployed, permanently unemployed and poverty, we could use the phrase, structural violence. The list goes even further with prisons as concentration-internment centers, elections as corporate controlled selections, schools as day jails for children and adolescents, universities as corporate loan education frauds, federal, state, local taxation-fines-fees, and without representation, as government extortion rackets. As the trite saying goes, honesty is the best policy.

We do not have to repeat the themes and sensationalized issues of our media enemies. We can speak and write about our own issues, create our own momentum and social concerns, and ultimately, use our own terms to describe the injustice that sucks the life out of the most unfortunate and the most sensitive within our society. We all know that there is a lot more going on underneath the mass propaganda techniques.

We can focus on what we want, and keep attacking the state criminals, meaning the political-economic elites. Yes, we lack their powers, but if we control our minds, then we are free from their manipulations. Our mind freedom is the most important card that we hold in the eventual defeat of such a vigorous enemy. When we free our minds first, then we will eventually ignore, reject and not cooperate with the State sociopaths. Through this method, we negate their cultural power over us.

As we learn to enjoy the parts of our lives that are free from such tyranny, other bystanders will take notice. They will see our power, dignity, honor and freedom, and later, they will adopt similar tactics versus the predator state.

When we reach around 20% of the population, which ominously looks upon the State as the enemy and begins to reject both their counsel and cultural power, then the Empire will fall – and it will fall brutally. Even the onlookers will get hurt.

No Empire falls graciously in history. Its collaborator empires will also fall, such as the Neo-British Empire, and its colonial-settler ‘white’ sublets, such as Anglo-Canada, White Australia and British New Zealand. Other nefarious states will also implode, such as the Colombian, Saudi, Indonesian and Mexican Fascist juntas, and the Zio-Nazi Crusader State.

This method of political sophistication and tactics seems easy, but it is incredibly hard to practice. We begin with the little steps in ignoring the State, while calling out their infernal methods with the truth to power. We could start with politely and courteously correcting an acquaintance repeating the State media propaganda during a friendly get together.

Courage and fortitude both conceive the first rites for emancipation.

 

 

 

 

Worlds of Pharmakopeia IV: Tobacco, Euro-Colonialism Murders another Native Plant

Posted: November 10, 2014 in absurdity, addictions, advertising, Africa, African slaves, agriculture, American colonialism, American plantation killing centers, American slavery, anti-smoking legislation, anti-tobacco coalitions, aristocratic lords, Asia, ATF, Atlantic Ocean, Black Gold, botany, Bresil, burning, cancers, cannabis, capital, capitalism, Caribbean Sea, chemical adulteration, chemical-industrial surgery, chemicals, chewing, Christian anti-smoking groups, cigarette packs, cigars, climate, coffee, colonial markets, colonial monopolies, colonial penetration, colonialism, commodities, commodity fetishes, contrabandists, coolness, corporate health care costs, corporate patents, corporate taxes, coughs, credit, crops, Cuba, cultivation, cultural activities, cultural associations, cultural life, cultural links, culture, death, drink, drugs, elite consumption, elites, emphysema, empire, empires, Euro-american civilization, Europe, European aristocrats, European civlization, European colonialism, European empires, European imperialism, European invaders, European monarchies, export commodities, factories, factory work, fashion, flora diversity, food, freedom, fumes, fuming poisons, gardens, genocide, gentlemen, Glasgow, habit, hatred, health, history, Hollywood, human condition under civilization, imperialism, imprisonment, Industrial Capitalism, inhalation-exhalation, intoxication, investors, Jamaica, kidnapping, kiosks, labor, landed estates, laws, leaves, legal crime, legal criminality, legal theft, manufacture, mass murder, media manipulation, medical experts, Mercantile Capitalism, metropolitan markets, Mexico City, missionaries, mode, monopolies, murder, natives, new women, newspapers, nicotine, official medicine, ownership, papers, pastes, penal slavery, pipes, plantation slavery, planters, plants, playing cards, power, private property rights, processing, production, profit, public education school administrators, publicity, puffing, punk musicians, rebellion, refinement, rock musicians, royal companies, royal monopolies, self-proclaimed owners, sensuality, Sevilla, sexual fetishes, shaving, shipping, slave owners, slavery, slaves, smoke, smokers, smoking, smoking breaks, smoking jackets, smoking parlors, snuff, social parasites, soil, sugar, tea, the Americas, the body, the modern State, the modern world, the State, tobacco, tobacco industry, tobacco lords, tobacco shops, transporting, urban life, US government war against tobacco, Virginia Tidewater Plantation, war, war against working class smokers, weight, weight control, women models, work, work to death, workers, world history
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Only in our evil, modern world do native flora varieties arouse such enduring hatreds.

There still exist the sick hatreds against cannabis sativa, psilocybe semilanceata, erythroxylum coca, and there is one plant that receives the coveted prize in pure hate, nicotiana tabacum.

What is so strange about this hatred is that this same plant was integrally important for European colonialism and industrial capitalism in world history. European and Euro-American civilizations could not have progressed as they did without the native american gift of tobacco plantations, working slave labor to death, and then, the tobacco processing, factory work, building even larger ships, international marketing and sophisticated advertising.

How did such an enjoyable American plant associated with native community peace, and smoked through pastes, leaves, hand-made pipes and even chewed, transform into such a European commodity fetish under global capitalism?

Nicotiana tabacum was once a naturally growing, medicinal and spiritual plant for America’s native nations. European colonial invaders, investors, and murderers transformed the plant into an export drug of commodity for elite consumption under the inexhaustible profit-making schemes of capitalism.

Columbus and his invading men did not just murder, imprison and sell native slaves on the island of Cuba during the 1490s. They also spotted some, ‘naked’ Carib natives smoking a herb placed in some leaves. The scent was quite intoxicating and the natives seemed to enjoy the community based smoke. They did not inhale, yet the effect of the plant was calming after they had eaten some fresh, delicious food, and the herb even had a sensual effect on the smokers. The European imperial-colonial invaders found another gift.

They stole the native plants from the Caribbean islands and transported them to Europe. The Europeans took a peculiar liking to them. In the 1500s, the Portuguese colonial invaders in the Americas, called Bresil, began to cultivate the native crop. It seemed to grow well in sub-tropical and tropical climates. When introduced into European aristocratic, social-parasite gardens inside of the great landed estates, tobacco plants sprouted quite well. Tobacco could also grow in mild, temperate, oceanic climates. The European elites were on to something.

During the seventeenth-century, some monarchs, political thugs and tyrants began to hate the plant. King James Stuart of England, Sultan Ammurath IV of Ottoman Turkey, and Czar Mikhail Romanov of Russia, represented some of the anti-tobacco elite crowd, while Pope Urban VIII actually had a papal bull written against the plant in the 1640s.

Yet the European colonial empires of Britain, France, Spain, the Netherlands and Portugal had succumbed to the gods of capital. Each empire set up their own royal monopolies for the plant. The annoying question was where to grab the labor in order to work long hours in the hot sun: picking, drying, curing and transporting the leaves. The Europeans had made themselves the self-proclaimed owners of nicotine tabacum, so at first, they used local penal labor to work them to death in order to enrich the tobacco lords or planters. Where could one find a continual supply of slave labor?

An even greater economic windfall emerged through such an American cultivation – the theft of human chattel, or the kidnapping, murder, transporting and working to death of African slaves.

The Portuguese had first established their monopoly of the Blackened Brown Gold during the late sixteenth-century and early seventeenth-century, (about 1560-1660). Due to the importance of such American export plantation crops, such as tobacco, the English, Dutch, (the Netherlands), and the French established their own ‘African’ slave monopolies. A plant associated with community peace and enjoyment, took on the ominous tones of legal crime, kidnapping, imprisonment, mass murder, genocide and working people to death. Tobacco actually helped birth mercantile capitalism.

Mercantile Capitalism implied royal European controls of an export commodity, such as tobacco, sugar, coffee, tea, chocolate, salt and kidnapped African slaves, while it established permanent credit to slave plantation owners in order for them to purchase a continual supply of Africans and other penal slaves, (the European looking, or white ones). The American plantation-slave owners and European tobacco traders-ship investors made their profits through inflated price sales in the home or European metropolitan markets.

Meanwhile, European navies and missionaries tried to open greater markets for the American products in the Asian continents. Slowly, nicotine snuff and tobacco smoking had spread into the Islamic world culture, then Persia-Iran, the Indian sub-continent, Central Asia and ultimately into the Far East, China and even Japan.

In the eighteenth-century, the European tobacco manufacturers developed the smaller ‘cigarette’ varieties, and for those that preferred to chew, snuff boxes. All of this cigarette finery was for elite European consumption.

Elaborate, silver inlaid snuff boxes entered the world of fashion conscious, French aristocratic-parasite bums. In Britain, gentlemen established new cultural activities, fashions and spaces besides fencing, hunting, dances, card games, tea and reading – the smoking parlor with the smoking jacket.

A good tobacco smoke was always perfect after a good meal, with some intoxicating liquor or with some fine coffee. European grifters-Latin lovers, such as the Venetian, Giacomo Casanova, also took up the habit, and so tobacco grabbed some important cultural associations within European culture: sensuality, refinement, power and a coolness under pressure.

Most importantly, King Tobacco had changed the colonial-metropolitan relationships. The Scottish Tobacco Lords transformed the city of Glasgow into the premier tobacco import-export port. These same ‘lords’ would build their mini castles along Jamaica and Virginia Streets.

Those same streets had the infamous names of the most infernal, African slave killing centers in world history.

Virginia, once a colonial outpost of disease and hardship, had become the British Empire’s premier, tobacco plantation colony on the Tidewater during the 1700s. Is it any wonder that most of America’s revolutionary founders came from this proud plantation region made rich through the marvelous drug of tobacco?

During the same eighteenth-century, the Spanish colonial authorities had established the first urban factory for cigar-cigarette paper rolling and export packaging in Mexico City. Earlier, the Spanish had established the city of Seville as the premier processing center for cigars. For over a century in colonial Spanish America, and well before Metropolitan Europe, both men and women had been openly smoking tobacco cigarettes on the public streets. American fashion and prominence had come to Europe – mainly through the marvelous and medicinal herb of nicotiana tabacum.

Throughout the nineteenth-century, the 1800s, tobacco manufacturers had developed better technology in curing and rolling for three particular products: cigars, cigarettes, (blond and black versions), and chewable snuff.

The first tobacco companies consolidated themselves, while they competed with each other for the monopoly share of the smokers and chewers’ markets. This modern tobacco industry also encouraged the adulteration of tobacco through chemical engineering in order to hold their monopolies. Tobacco products even had molasses, rum, opium or honey mixed into the final product.

Tobacco eventually became part of modern, European and Euro-American cultural life. Royalty, lazy aristos, middle class-respectable clerks, and working class dock workers took up the smoking habit. The problem was that many of the men inhaled the nicotine fumes. Certain political-economic elites, Women Christian Temperance clubs and health workers noticed the persistent coughs of regular smokers. The modern anti-smoking movement had begun.

Meanwhile, tobacco shops and kiosks became one of the standard sights found on most city streets around the world, and where they also featured other items for sale, such as newspapers, books, shaving kits, pipes, rolling papers, pen knives, board games and playing cards.

In the twentieth-century, the 1900s, the tobacco industry transformed the world of advertising and mass marketing. A few tobacco monopolies had controlled the sale of ‘cigarette packs” and they made fortunes on the drug.

Smoking found associations with soldiers during World War I and for most wars afterwards. In the 1920s, cigarette companies targeted their advertising to the ‘new woman,’ thanks to the propaganda genius of the Austrian-American, Edward Bernays. Hollywood’s golden age featured most of their stars regularly smoking the sacred plant. Can anyone forget the famous pictures of Humphrey Bogart and James Dean without cigarettes dangling from their mouths?

While tobacco use seemed to sell exponentially – and especially in Asia, the anti-smoking forces mercilessly attacked the drug. Medical experts exposed the correlations between nicotine use and cancer, emphysema and other incurable maladies.

An anti-smoking coalition emerged. This motley prohibitionist group included family survivors of smokers who had died bad deaths, medical professionals, public education school administrators, and Christian religious groups,. Political-economic elites also joined their ranks, since they wanted better workers not taking so many smoking breaks, inclusive of less corporate health care costs.

Tobacco prohibitionists began to push for greater anti-smoking legislation. By the 1980s, they had succeeded in seizing the State.

In some urban cities in the United States, smoking is highly expensive, heavily taxed, and there are petty, minute federal, state and municipal laws that dictate where a person can or cannot smoke in public. Any street vendor trying to sell cheap cigarettes from another state, now has the felon tag of a ‘contrabandist,’ and can end up in prison or even have the cops murder him. The US government has a well-armed regulatory agency against tobacco, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, or the ATF, and so the US government has declared another war – this time against tobacco.

Yet, millions of young women, and especially models, smoke tobacco in order to help them not gain weight. Rock artists, punk musicians and other fringe artists regularly flaunt the burning cigarette in the mouth while they play their guitars brutally. Even some right-wing political activists have proudly taken the puff. The cigarette has its own sexual fetishes, and due to the US government’s war against it, now has associations with rebellion and freedom.

The history of nicotiana tabacum shows us once again, the absurdity of the human condition under civilization. A plant that once helped natives in the Americas ensure community peace and unions through the spiritual worlds, has undergone a terrible and irreversible chemical-medical-industrial-state regulated surgery.

European colonial elites had imposed this condition. They did this without the consent of the native victims of their genocides. The addictive desires for naked profits enabled another genocide against kidnapped Africans.

Most assiduously, certain corporations have claimed their own patents or imposed ‘ownership,’ on this natural plant, while they have mixed harmful chemicals into the industrial melting pot, creating a type of fuming poison. Finally, the contemporary State, ruled and administered by shameless sociopaths, constantly devises sinister means in punishing the working class smokers of the drug.

Tobacco was never the original enemy to stamp out. The sinister legacies of our European colonial settler states, once again, carry all the historical blame.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anarcho-Historian Lesson #8: Economic Elites and the State

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