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Sugar is the most excellent drug found on this bio-diverse Earth, and it is the simplest image for our Modern World: white sand, sweet tasting crystals leading to a bad death.

This quick energy drug is ubiquitous within the foods that we allow into our bodies, yet at the same time, each sugar crystal is a tiny microcosm of sweetness delight. The sugar crystal is not natural; instead, this cultivated poison moves from a hard, tall green stalk into a black vomit inducing blob, and ultimately transformed into its refined purity of whiteness.

Sugar is a curse, a culinary staple, and it has a nauseous history of mass murder, which has acted even more criminally than another notorious, black sticky, pharmaceutical mess – opium. This furtive drug, Saccharum Officinarum, is quite tiny, yet so dangerous.

Not one state apparatus has attempted to ban it. If this drug has such an egregious history and is so harmful to our human bodies, then why does it lurk in every kitchen, and now sit ominously on every supermarket shelf, waiting for its simple victims to purchase such a deadly toxin?

The 1290s AD was a suffocating decade for some, yet a type of endless summer rotated around the northern hemisphere of Earth. For those slaves working in the Venetian Empire’s sugar plantations, on the island of Crete – they were however experiencing the first tastes of medieval, concentration camp-death. Due to the previous extermination of the native trees, the Venetian slaves built those infernal sugar plantations out of graveyard stone. You won’t find any of this history inside those official textbooks.

On this beautiful Mediterranean island, known for its glorious ancient history of cities, artistic genius and great warriors, the Venetian aristocratic parasites and merchants-soldiers, divided the sacred island into sections of prisoner of war-slave killing centers. This refined art of murder had developed a more efficient method in disposing of its unfortunate victims.

The heat in the slave death camps reached strangulation proportions. The massive ceramic vats of crushed sugar cane reeked of vomit pestilence splayed with fecal remains. It even looked like an excrement inferno coming out of a fiery hell mouth. Some slaves would suddenly drop dead from taking in its noxious fumes! Other slaves, dying through overwork while cutting the sugar cane in the humid, malodorous morass, would crawl into the sea in order to drown and feed the sharks. And then a few others, just died on the dirty, rocky paths to the plantations. The owners let them die alone, since the hungry rats and dogs might feed on their putrid flesh.

Eventually, the native Cretans had had enough, and they revolted around seventy years later. The Venetian imperial murderers destroyed Crete’s moment of freedom. They would not be the last ones to foil Crete’s desire for independence either. The Venetians would construct those killing centers on another Mediterranean island, called Cyprus, a couple of hundred of years later. Throughout the eastern Mediterranean, the Venetian naval empire established military ports, or castles, on the Dalmatian coast and around Greece, such as the city of Napflio, so the Grand Empire could protect its slave trading-sugar refining investments.

The Venetians kidnapped their human booty of slaves from every part of the Mediterranean world. It didn’t matter whether they were Catholics, Orthodox Christians, Jews or Muslims, European, Asian or African. Any captured victim would do, since so many died within the first years of sugar plantation work. The Venetians also collaborated with the other Mediterranean slave trading medieval empires, such as the Genoese, the Pisans, the Catalans, the Arabs, the Byzantines and the so-called, Crusaders on the island of Malta, called the Knights of St. John, whose main business was also the slave trade.

Nobody beat those tight Venetians who had established proto-capitalist monopolies in expensive commodities. This maritime empire possessed the unstoppable construction of naval warships at the Arsenal factoryThe Venetian imperial oligarchy was also ingenious in the art of backstabbing its trading partners, while it maintained secretive trade agreements-treaties across the globe.

Marco Polo was no discoverer. He was a Venetian spy-merchant who ensured trade agreements between the Mongol Khanates, such as the Mongol dominated Yuan Dynasty in China, and the Venetian Empire, or as they called themselves, La Serenissima.

The Venetians, supposed Catholics, maintained better relations with the Muslim Mamelukes in Egypt, the Muslim Ottomans in Turkey, and the Muslim Caliphate in Baghdad – than the Orthodox Christians Byzantines, who they had sieged, sacked, destroyed, and robbed mercilessly during the Fourth Crusade of 1215!

If the Venetians could not grab cheap prices in precious metals and expensively traded commodities, then they would suddenly attack their enemies – and rob the stuff. They periodically performed such double crosses against the powerful Turkish naval empire. The Venetians did allow all of their foreign traders to maintain storehouses on their properties, called Fondacchi.

The other European powers admired their violent wealth accumulation, while they hated their double dealing cheapness. Some three hundred years later, even the Pope joined a military alliance against this maritime empire of aristo-thieves and slothful degenerates. European aristo-parasites craved their elite consumption, such as fine glassware, elaborate window blinds, embroidered silk from China, carved ivory from the Orient, or most importantly, exotic spices from around the Earth. There was only one international market store, which always had plentiful supplies of hard to find products – the Venetians.

Medieval European elites developed a peculiar taste for a very particular Asian drug-spice, previously known for its monopoly trade name in the Islamic world, Al Sukkar, or as the Euros named it, Sugar. Before the Venetians, the Arabs were the premier traders in this Asian sweet spice. They had fashioned the dessert delights of marzipan. The Arabs also established massive slave plantations in Mesopotamia and in north Africa to cut the cane. The Muslim slave traders operated in the Balkans and Black Sea zone through the human trafficking of heathens, while they also moved their slave trading into East Africa for the kidnapping of some idolaters.

It was the Venetian Empire who first launched the modern, maritime gold mines of slave trading, human trafficking, large slave plantations, efficient mass murder, and the expert commoditization of Asia’s most powerful drug – sugar. This evil, double-headed hydra of sugar and slavery amassed amazing wealth and power. By the 15th century, the Venetians transcended into the most formidable naval empire on the planet.

Today, when tourists visit the canals, bridges and plazas of Venezia, they look astounded at the sublime beauty, architectural glory and intricate building design that permeates the entire, ancient city. We must never forget where this outward prettiness came from – the maleficent twin fists spewing out of proto-capitalism: slavery and sugar.

Sugar is the most prevalent and most dangerous pharmaceutical drug on the planet. This is the true reason why criminal states and governments across the globe refuse to ban it. Sugar’s sweet taste and quick hit of energy have also transformed this drug into the greatest medical-dental gift. Sugar continues to fill corporate doctors’ pockets with a steady line of customers for further drugging and expensive surgeries.

Sugar’s most abominable crimes are not its legacies of mortal disease, incurable diabetes, horrifying obesity and terminal illness, but its contemptible historical associations with mass kidnapping, mass slavery, and mass murder.

It was not always this way. Sugar originally came from New Guinea, and it slowly moved west becoming the sweet salts of the tropics across the Indian subcontinent. Once sugar entered the processing stage into its white crystal form, greedy merchants wanted to monopolize both its production and distribution. Sugar then had to resort to its loathsome use of slave labor in order to produce the white mess of sweet destruction.

Copying the evil legacy of the Venetian slave trading-sugar plantation inferno, other European maritime empires entered into the sugar-slavery profit windfall.

The first Atlantic mass murderers were the Portuguese who would build their massive navy, during the same period when Venice was the premier naval power. The Portuguese constructed bulky trading ships for the Atlantic Sea, which was a lot larger, brutal and unpredictable than the Mediterranean Sea, and the Portuguese sailed south – well into Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Portuguese invaders established similar castle fortresses like the Venetians, which also featured pre-modern prison-like, jail cells for captured slaves dying in their metal chains. The Portuguese began purchasing their slaves as captured war booties from other African nations. Migratory African population movements due to climate and warfare, also enabled the Portuguese to establish mixed race hunters, meaning mixed European and African traders, who constantly supplied the Portuguese with kidnapped victims.

Copying the Venetian soldier thugs, the Portuguese naval criminals brought sugar cane plantations from the Mediterranean to their Atlantic archipelagos and African coast islands, such as Madeira and Sao Tome. Sugar was a tropical plant and it worked splendidly. African slaves died off after a few years. Once the planters worked the unfortunates to death, the colonial soldiers dumped the human excrement into the mighty Atlantic for shark feed.

When the Portuguese took the American Atlantic coast of northeast Brazil in 1500, they planted sugar plantations everywhere – after they had first exterminated the Brazil wood tree and the Tupamori Nation in the north part of the country. After five centuries of sugar cane plantations and African slavery, northeast Brazil now has the same topography as the Moon.

The Portuguese first used captured Tupamori and Guarani natives from the southern part of the country, around Sao Paolo. The natives died off en masse working to death on sugar plantations, while others had escaped deep within the Amazon interior. No Portuguese peasant was willing to work to death in Brazil, so the Portuguese began their mass kidnapping-mass murder campaign with Africans, transported from their port prison colonies of Guinea, Angola, Kongo and Mozambique. By the 1600s, the Portuguese Empire had become the richest slave and sugar trading system in the Americas. In 1640 they revolted from Spanish control.

The other European Atlantic powers looked in envy at Portugal, and so they too joined in the mass kidnapping-mass murder of Africans spree in order to monopolize the Triangular Trade.

Triangular Trade implied selling the Africans to the Sugar planters in the Americas, next making their victims work to death on the sugar plantations. The ship captains would transport the Sugar to Europe, which was a monetary commodity in itself. The European ‘traders’ would then travel again to Africa, so as to replenish the sugar hells with more African victims. The Spanish, French, English, Dutch and even the Danish and Swedes joined in this evil Mercantile Capitalist system. Most of Europe’s royal families made their more profitable investments through this shocking economy.

By the 1700s, the European colonial-settler invaders had successfully exterminated the native Caribs and most of the tree life on many of the West Indian islands. All across the Caribbean archipelagos, massive sugar plantation-extermination centers opened their veins. Those extermination centers transformed into tropical dungeons through the arts of murdering Africans, with the processing of cane into pure white sugar. In Brazil, the average life expectancy of an African slave on a sugar plantation was only five years!

With this massive liquidation of natives, trees and Africans, there also emerged ex-slave African communities across the Americas, called maroons in English, cimarrones in Spanish, marronage in French, and palenques in Portuguese. In Spanish Florida, a community of escaped African slaves and Seminole natives created their own viable communities. The US Government would exterminate that group during the first half of the 1800s.

Most of the Europeans that used sugar were the aristo-parasites who dumped the sweet white salts into their refined tastes for African Coffee, Asian Tea and American Chocolate. But as sugar production increased all across the American tropics, planters needed to process the black mess into other products. They successfully created Molasses and Rum. By the mid 1700s, most of Europe’s working classes began to use sugar as a food substitute, which withstood the pangs of hunger, and yet released brief spurts of energy.

This wider consumption of sugar across Europe, also explains the Golden Age of Pirates and Buccaneers in the Caribbean during the 18th century, (1700s). Sugar was another expensive commodity for successful trading, included within the monetary delights of gold, silver and copper, with the precious objects trade of pearls, jade stones, diamonds, silks, ivory and porcelain. Sugar started a new industry across Europe, called confectionary, or in Italian, dolce, which in turn created our modern, candies. Some wealthy Europeans began to grow large bodies from eating so much sweet crap.

With this wider use of sugar, more Europeans began to lose their teeth. It is no accident that the first works on modern Dentistry emerged out of this same period. The French doctor, Pierre Fuchard, wrote Le Chirugien Dentiste, in 1728. Like today, with rotting teeth due to sugary after effects, the solution was extraction and the setting of false teeth.

Sugar production and slavery were so lucrative that American African slavery continued well into the late 1800s. The last country to liberate their African slaves was Portuguese speaking Brazil, in 1888.

As Industrial Capitalism grew in the 19th century, capitalists found sugar substitutes in beets, such as beet sugar, while we now have multiple GMO sugar substitutes, which also includes most beet sugar products, and other monstrosities, such as Splendida, Sweet N Low, and the worst GMO product of them all, High Fructose Corn Syrup. The only sweet sugar substitute that doesn’t fall into these categories is Xylitol.

So here we have the sordid history of the sweet drug of sugar cane. If one travels to the US state of Florida, off the main highways, one can still visit horrid sugar plantations with dying slaves, now containing both white and black victims. When they lose their will to work, the slaves lie around and just wait to die on the property. As sugar rots the topsoil of the land, it encroaches into the natural Everglades ecosystem murdering even more trees and other native plant life.

Amerikan corporate chain supermarkets mostly sell GMO food crap that contains massive amounts of sugar, sugar by-products, glucose, sucrose and a whole list of GMO sugar substitutes. It is not just the sweet stuff, but also the canned goods, the frozen items, the prepared foods, and everyday products, such as dairy and meats – where they all contain some amount of sugar. Finding actual food products with 0 grams of sugar is usually the exception to the rule.

With this oppressive reign of sugary terror, millions suffer the debilitating health effects of rotten teeth, diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Maybe this is the eternal curse emanating from the African victims of the Atlantic slave trade and killing centers in the Americas. The Americas are experiencing the bad karma of sugar’s history – with no escape from its malevolent colonial consequences. Like the State itself, sugar is completely legal, and yet it kills so wonderfully.

 

 

 

 

 

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Anarcho-Historian Lesson #5: Seven Classical Methods in Maintaining Social Control over Subject Populations

Posted: November 6, 2013 in Africa, Amerikan Empire, Anarchists, Asia, Auctoritas, authority, battles, bread and circuses, Caesar, Celtic nations, civil war, Claudius, Cleopatra, clients, conspirators, Consul, contests, continual warfare, control, culture, Czar, Dacia, Danube, death, dictators, dignitas, divide and conquer, duty, Egypt, elites, empire, equestrian knights, eternal symbols, extermination, First Settlement, Fortuna, Gaul, Genius, Germania, gravitas, hierarchy, Hispania, historia, historical grandeur, historical posterity, history, holiday, holy day, honor, humanity, images, Imperator, justice, Kaiser, legal privileges, legitimacy, Lepidus, Mar Nostrum, Mark Antony, media, Mediterranean Sea, Mesopotamia, military, Octavian Augustus, pardons, Parthia, patron, patronage, Persia, piracy, political enemies, political methods, political system, political targets, Pontifex Maximus, Praetorian Guard, Princeps, religion, Rhine, rituals, Roman Empire, Roman legions, Roman Republic, Roman Senate, rule, sacred state rituals, selective events, selective justice, semi-divine powers, Sicily, slaves, social control, spectacle, state mythologies, state theater, staying power, subject populations, Syria, tactics, the crowd, the public, the State, Tiberius, titles, toga, token reforms, traditions, triumphs, tyranny, tyrants, United States Government, vengeance, violence, wars
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A violent year was ending; this ‘august’ day was also in the middle of a hard winter – and it was even rougher inside the moderate climes of Rome. This particular year was 27 BCE. It was the month of January, and the  new emperor of the great Roman Empire claimed the day of the 16th as an imperial holiday. The emperor’s name for historical posterity was Octavian Augustus.

During the subsequent years of his reign, he would use all of the ancient classical methods in maintaining social control over Rome’s subject populations. The Roman Empire would never experience its previous civil wars again, yet he snuffed out the Roman Republic from its existence. He replaced the Republic with an Empire and the rest was history.

The first method in social control was Octavian Augustus successfully claiming the rituals, images and titles of legitimate authority. His second method ingeniously utilized slow and repressive tyranny with token reforms. The third method represented the mastery of the bread and circuses spectacle. The fourth used the infamous, and always-triumphant, political technique of divide and you shall conquer. The fifth aspect of control made use of naming enemies and aggravating the public fear of such enemies. The sixth system of statecraft employed selective justice and pardons for some, while making brutal examples against a few easier targets, or called ‘the carrot and the stick’ approach. The final one, and most important method tied with the first one, availed in him creating state mythologies out of selected events.

And many patrician elites, the senate, the army, common plebes, farmers, artisans, foreign citizens, resident merchants and even slaves would commend the name of August for historical posterity. In fact, this dictator’s name now has the English synonym of prestigious. A month in our Gregorian calendar also has the name August. This short story is how it got that way.

On this day, the 16th of January, 27 BCE, called ‘the first settlement,’ his friend and associate, Lepidus, received the spiritual title of the top priest in the Roman religion, ‘the Pontifex Maximus.’ Lepidus and Augustus acted through a complete religious ceremony that included animal sacrifices and sacred rituals. Lepidus dressed accordingly in the beautiful robes and hat of a Pontifex Maximus. Octavian was not finished however, for he soon dashed into the public state theater in his imperial purple and crimson toga over his old military outfit, when he was previously a military commander of a victorious Roman legion. In one full super event, he claimed all three state powers and legitimized his rule: spiritual, political and military. Octavian Augustus would eventually take the imperial spiritual title of Pontifex Maximus from his old client Lepidus.

While Octavian claimed the semi-divine powers over life and death within the entire empire, he also instituted some important reforms on this sacred holy day. He symbolically handed over his legislative power to the Senate, where a faction of that body had warred against his late, assassinated protégé, Julius Caesar. Augustus made sure that the name and title of Caesar also possessed a semi-divine stature, and Octavian took the name of Caesar as the eternal symbol for the Roman emperor – and which would signify emperor even until modern history, with such bogus titles as Kaiser and Czar.

The entire ritual set up featured senators, military commanders with their officers in full military campaign dress, and a flourish of Romans, equestrians, gentleman farmers and distinguished citizens standing in awe inside of the imperial city, surrounded by grandiose, cleaned white temples and Roman imperial majesty. With all of the state pomp and ritual, which utilized all of the five senses and displayed the flourish of power and greatness, the emotional crowd screamed the new titles and powers of Octavian: ‘Princep,’ or First Citizen, ‘Consul,’ or legislative-military adviser, and ‘Imperator.’ or military commander.

This public ritual super event solidified both his power and legitimacy to rule, while he simultaneously showed his historic preservation of the old Roman values of ‘Dignitas,’ or public honor, ‘Gravitas,’ or public temperance, and ‘Auctoritas,’ or valued wisdom. In an ancient historical age without the Internet, video, television, film, radio and photo-print media, Octavian the Great had prepared a true masterpiece of state theater.

Octavian the Augustus claimed even greater honors, all for his ‘duty’ to Rome. He set up another date of glory called the ‘second settlement,’ where he claimed the powers of the ‘Tribune,’ or the sacred interests of the people, called the ‘Popolus.’ Augustus even claimed that the massive conglomerations of Rome actually represented one great family on the Earth, and so his ultimate title was ‘Pater Patriae,’ Father of the sacred country. In an Empire that swarmed on three different continents while possessing many different languages and cultures, this new truth was certainly something else to believe.

But sacred state rituals and costumes in the service of legitimacy needed some more backing for wider public support. Augustus became the Roman game and circus leader extraordinaire. Normally, such games and circuses happened only during Roman holy days, or holidays. But Augustus kept the party spirit burning with lots of back to back contests of chariot races, gladiator fights, mock battles, and even naval ones, and public contests of lyrical-musical, religious, poetic and physical glories. During these festivals and spectacles, Augustus distributed rations of bread, killed bull meat, and watered down wine to the anxious urban crowds in Rome. The theatrical comedies were in full operation, and the emperor even rebuilt the great Theater of Apollo.

Octavian had also made sure that his rival enemies ended up fully destroyed and discredited. Octavian’s greatest concern was Caesar’s cousin and Roman hero, Mark Antony and his relationship to Cleopatra in Egypt. Octavian managed to pull the Roman Senate against the Mark Antony, and he had even read the supposed will of Mark Antony to the Roman people in the Forum market. Like a skilled manipulator, Octavian moved the public sentiment against the ‘dictatorial degenerate’ lying in waste at Cleopatra’s palace in Egypt. Eventually, Octavian managed to seize a Roman legion that exterminated his followers, and he even ordered their son, Caesarion, killed. Any Roman associated with such a rabble became a public enemy of the Roman people.

While the circuses and bread distribution progressed, Octavian warned the Roman people of the coming sacrifices ahead in order to maintain their wonderful empire. Continual war was the other standard in Octavian’s rule. The Celtic nations in Gaul, or France, and in Hispania, or Spain, still needed the iron discipline of Roman blood and fire. Augustus also had to exterminate the pirate danger in the Mar Nostrum, or the Mediterranean Sea.

Earlier, Octavian had finished off one of the sons of Pompey; Pompey the Great was an old Roman General and ally, later enemy, of Caesar. His sons still had a base of operations in the wilds of Sicily. Augustus’ latter warfare eventual paid off with full victories in Spain and in France. His Germania, or German campaigns, did not gain much territory. In fact, his war campaign against the German nations ended in defeat, but the Roman blood would demand future sacrifice in subduing them. His descendent Claudius would do the faithful job.

In the east, he took Egypt, grabbed more territory from Dacia, or Rumania, and Rome successfully battled the Parthians, or Persians-Iranians, whereby the Roman imperial standards moved from Mesopotamia, or Iraq, into Northern Africa, and on the northern periphery, from the Danube to the Rhine river. Octavian Augustus had many spectacular public triumphs in his city of Rome. His unforgettable triumphant returns featured marching Roman legions in sync, loud war drums, megalith flower displays, stolen religious objects on pedestals, massive stone gods brought back on ships, and thousands of unfortunate captured slaves in chains.

Octavian always maintained the astute politician role. He knew when to offer pardons and patronage, and with other unfortunates, exterminate them mercilessly. He had all of the Senatorial conspirators associated with the assassination of Caesar exterminated – including the noble Cicero, yet he lavished power and patronage on the rest of the Roman Senate to help ‘govern’ the Empire. He exterminated the last heir of Mark Antony and Cleopatra, yet he pardoned Mark Antony’s brother that warred against him in the Perusine War. He ultimately exterminated the sons of Pompey, or the Pirates of Sicily, and yet, he redistributed lands in Italy to his Roman soldiers that faithfully fought with him and even with those that fought for Mark Antony – and he pardoned his old ally Lepidus when his old and disgruntled client decided to battle against him.

Finally, Augustus was the master in creating a renewed imperial and cultural mythology. His death culminated in Roman holiday celebrations that included a monolithic funeral cortège of flower wreaths featuring his noble family and the successor emperor, Tiberius, the Roman Senate, the Roman Praetorian Guard, or elite soldiers, equestrian Roman cavalry, Roman legions stationed near the city of Rome, and throng of innumerable Roman nobles, plebes and citizens in mourning. Augustus financed many public work projects, and his most famous was the construction of the Pantheon, which still stands in the actual Rome of today. His burial took place in the sacred corner of the temple, and his ‘Genius,’ or essence received deification. His eulogies also spread to other writers, intellectuals and historians that Augustus patronized. The greatest work was the epic tale of the Romans, called the ‘Aeneid,’ which traced the early history of Rome back to the honorable and courageous, Trojans – and finishing with Augustus, of course.

And so, the mythology of Octavian Caesar Augustus still lives in historical grandeur, or historical infamy, if you are an Anarchist. His statecraft also continues to breed its monsters. Since those ancient times, uncountable emperors, dictators, thugs on thrones, tyrants, princes, kings, queens, dukes, state criminals, sociopaths, prime ministers, presidents and self-proclaimed leaders have utilized the same methods and have unfortunately made them work.

Now the readers know the truth of such tactics and we can counter them. Anarchists can tell this story and other such examples to the angry and the ignorant. The astute reader can also see how the current monstrosity of empire, the United States of America Empire, has also used, and continues to use, such sinister practices of public manipulation.

But the current evil Amerikan empire has even greater power at its disposal in statecraft and social control. This criminal regime in Washington D.C. has been, and always will be, the greatest at utilizing particular modus operandi: media advertising through image-phrase repetitions, emotional manipulations, and blatant news speak propaganda.