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Anarcho-Historian Lesson #7: Actual-Real History versus Crap History

Posted: April 6, 2014 in Amerikan Empire, Amerikan school system, Anarchists, authority, bad education, capitalism, Cholula pyramid temple massacre, civil war, class war, cocolitzli, community, conquistadors, conspiratorial groups, contradictory, control, corporate media, cover-ups, crap history, crime, criminals, Cuitlahuatzin, cultural references, cultural values, culture, Demographic Disaster, diverse historical perspectives, educational formation, ego-self, elites, empire, epidemics, ethnic groups, eye of discernment, first person accounts, forced coercive schooling, generals, hegemony, Hernan Cortes, heroism, hierarchy, historians, historical archives, historical profession, historical research, history, human complexity, human condition under civilization, ideological supports, Inca Empire, indoctrination, intellectuals, invading army, labor historians, legal violence, legitimacy, liars, manipulation, massacres, media manipulation, Mexica-Aztec Empire, Mexico, microbiological history, mind control, Moctezuma II, murder, murder victims, museum displays, mythologies, narco-terrorism, official history, official states, official wars, past experiences, plagues, practice, presidents, professors, propaganda, pseudo-expert historians, ranters, real-actual history, rebellions, regions, resistance, revolutionaries, rule, school system, school textbooks, Siege of Tenochtitlan, smallpox outbreaks, social control, Spanish Empire, state apparatus, state mythologies, teachers, Tenochtitlan, terrorists, The Great Death, the public, the rich and the powerful, the State, Tlaxcalan allies, traditions, Truths of History, TV propaganda, United States Government, universities, US Civil War, vagabonds, valor, violence, War of Northern Aggression, wars, working class
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October 1519 was a dangerous month for living in central Mexico. A new invading army with metal plated chest armor, leather boots, helmets, pikes, swords, horses, and a few firearms were on the march – literally. These hundreds of foreign speaking men smelled real bad and a good amount of the men sported beards, which clustered stale food droppings mixed with dried mucus. They were a sick sight to behold.

An even sicker sight was a strange disease never seen before, which had already wiped out whole villages on the Caribbean coast. Thick red and black bulbs grew on the outside of the body and then the human form would rot from the inside out!

Accompanying these rancid bearded men, thousands of Tlaxcalan warriors marched ready to do some damage to their old enemies, the Aztec-Mexican Empire. Spanish conquistadors acted with discernment when encountering advanced civilizations, (meaning urban societies), during their invasions. They first acknowledged the main empire to fight, and then they made alliances with their enemies in order to destroy them. Only twenty years later, they would use the same tactics against the Inca Empire in Peru.

The Spanish had already destroyed some of the crack Aztec warriors within the pyramid of Cholula. The Spanish warriors would soon enter Tenochtitlan, the capital city, and take Moctezuma II hostage. Eventually, the Aztec-Mexica warriors counterattacked in the capital city, and they almost exterminated the Spanish with their Tlaxcalan allies. But the Spanish-Tlaxcalan alliance won the final war in August, 1521. This ad-hoc alliance finally destroyed the Aztec-Mexica empire centered in Tenochtitlan. But there was another invading force that gave the new invaders a special edge.

What truly destroyed the Mexica-Aztec capital was a strange outbreak, never experienced beforehand in central Mexico, called ‘cocolitzli,’ or smallpox, which burst forth in the year 1520. An outbreak had ultimately hit the capital that same year, and it had killed the very emperor himself, Cuitlahuatzin. The epidemic spread all over central Mexico, which of course, made ‘the conquest,’ so much easier. Even the Spanish allies, the Tlaxcalans, experienced its ravages.

A hundred years later, from August 1521, 90 % of the indigenous population of central Mexico would die terribly due to recurring plagues and epidemic outbreaks. The Conquest owed a lot more to micro-biological history than to the genius of Cortes, or even due to the thousands of Tlaxcalan warriors that had increased Cortes’ military forces up towards 8,000 troops.

Yet, crap history accounts continue to rant about the military brilliance of Hernan Cortes, or the invincibility of the Spanish knight-conquistadors, or the funniest account of all, that the Mexica-Aztecs, especially Emperor Moctezuma II, thought that the Spanish were gods. All of these accounts are lies, legends and represent crap history.

How does the discerning historian spot the crap history, or the excrement, from the real and actual history?

Crap history accounts always resort to easy one line reasons for historical acts.

All of those crap accounts are lies because we humans, under the human condition of civilization, are too complex for easy one liners. Looking outside the window at the world around us, we see the incredible complexity that represents the living humanity moving in and out of the urban streets. Since the birth of human civilization, humans have had this human complexity. True history always shows the intricacies that lie behind the incredible acts of human violence.

Crap history also has a particular and very open agenda. It is often found within the pages of state college and public school textbooks, corporate media hype broadcasts, boring history teacher lectures and in museum displays. There is an old saying that the winners write the history books. This is true.

After the Spanish imperial invasions in the Americas, Spanish conquistadors did recount their great ‘heroism and valor.’ But their accounts are often annotated with ego rants and descriptions that defy ordinary beliefs. Their hodgepodge of historical offerings are actually quite hard to read, and few historians use Cortes’ own ‘incredible account,’ for historical research.

The same historical problem also relates to the winners codifying and arranging their writings in archives and in libraries, so that later historians would have easier access to their works. A bad historian will simply read their works and recopy the garbage found in their notes. A good historian however, will reread their writings and then look for particular themes that pop out between the lines. The well-trained historian reads with the discerning eye, while the crap historian reads as a copyist – and then writes a pathetic book or article that most people don’t care to read anyway.

Unfortunately, the historical profession still suffers from the infection of crap history and crap historians. But there is a solution.

Anyone can do the art of reading and write real and actual history. All it takes is the eye of discernment. While reading an ancient text, the historian ought to ask his or herself a few questions: why is the author writing this work, who is the intended audience, how does the author put the work in order, and what was the historical context of the work? We all have our own agendas – and so did our forbears in human history. The official history of United States is a perfect example of the recurring plague of crap history.

The official and standard, crap Amerikan history only lists the official wars of the United States government against other official states, such as Britain, France, Mexico, Spain, Germany, Korea, China, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. It is also gives a special section on the Civil War.

The real and actual history however includes the US govt.’s continual wars of extermination against the Native nations on the continent, the war against the Mormon religion, the Civil War-War of Northern Aggression, the war against crime or against African-Americans, the war against Asian aliens, the war against ‘illegal’ drugs or against young people of color, the war against alcohol or Prohibition, the war against Terrorism, or against Islam, the war against Narco-terrorism-Latino drug cartels, the war against obscenity, the war against International Communism, or the Cold War, the war against illegal immigration, the war against the poor-lumpen proletariat that have no work skills, the war against drunk drivers, etcetera.

The official and standard crap Amerikan history prefers the points of view of presidents, generals, the rich and the powerful. It often praises both their acts of greatness and crimes; while it never offers the perspectives of their unfortunate victims. Crap history acts if the rich and the powerful represent the entire country, culture and society! Obviously, the upper classes don’t live like the rest of us.

The real and actual history includes the perspectives, thoughts, writings and actions of a whole diverse group of historical players: the homeless vagabond, the construction worker-laborer, the skilled mechanic-artisan, the sick and dying in the hospitals, the feisty small business owner-merchant, and the prisoner locked away in some prison-dungeon. Their views matter because they had the gift of human life and lived during a certain historical epoch. What they did with their lives was their business, and often due to birth, they had no other choices open to them.

Again, the complexity of human history comes into play. Even within a particular regional culture, the local humans have represented diverse backgrounds, such as familial relations, ethnic histories, work experiences, and educational formations. All of these elements, and even more that I haven’t listed in this paragraph, construct an individual’s cultural frames.

We frequently live our lives on dysfunctional remote control containing jumbled past experiences, contradictory cultural references and mental juggling acts. We the people under the condition of civilization are complex and all too human.

The Anarchist revolutionary must also act as a historian. He or she understands the truth of this human condition. Any time we hear some mad ranter or pseudo-expert historian ramble about the simple and easy answer to any current problem in society, then we need to either ignore the screamer, or if it is within a private setting, then rebuke the foolish discourse.

We clean our asses after excreting the feces. Our lifetimes are too short for tolerating anymore crap history.

The Amerikan Empire IV: The Evil Cult of Monopoly Capitalism

Posted: August 9, 2013 in Abraham Lincoln, administrative leave, African-Americans, American populace, Amerikan Empire, Andrew Carnegie, Anglo western landholders, banks, barbed wire fencing, big business, boards of directorships, business owners, capitalism, captains of Industry, Cash-Stamp program, casinos, cattle slaughter business, civil war, class war, closed down factories, conglomerations, convenience stores, cops, Cornelius Vanderbilt, corporate media, corrupt election of 1876, corruption, crime, criminal enterprise, criminals, death, distribution, Dixiecrat rule, dollar, EBT debit card, economic backups, economic collapses, economic depression, economic trusts, educated workforce, elites, empire, Europe, extremes of wealth, family money, Federal Reserve banks, federal troops, finance, firemen, general strike, genocide, Gilded Age, government handouts, Great Railroad Strike of 1877, Great Sociopathic Empire, gulag, guns, hegemony, history, homelessness, horizontal consolidation, humanity, immigration, imprisonment, Industrial Capitalism, industry, inflation, inmates, intellectual foundations, interlocking boards of elites, Internationalists, jail, Jay Gould, judges, labor historians, legal immunity, legal privileges, Liberals, low wages, lowlife indigents, manipulation, manufacturing, mass murder of striking workers, massacres, media, media manipulation, medical and dental benefits, megalopolis, military, Military Industrial Spy Complex, monopoly, Monopoly Capitalism, multinationals, municipal taxes, murder, murder victims, National Guard, National Guard armories, paychecks, police, police blotters, police brutality, police gangs, police powers, politics, power elite, practice, President Rutherford B. Hayes, prison gulag, prison industrial complex, prisonners, prisons, production, Progressive Age, propaganda, public retirement funds, public workers, racial divide, rebellions, regions, Republican Party Machine, resistance, revolution, riots, Robber Barons, Rockefellers, safety net, scabs, self-defense, slaves, small business owner class, social control, Social Security, socialist-democracy, Socialists, socio-economic groups, state apparatus, state bureaucrats, state militia, state officials, staying power, stock market manipulations, strikes, struggle, subsidized businesses, supermarkets, taxation rates, teachers, The Communards, The Confederacy, The Paris Commune of 1871, the South, think thank organizations, two-tired justice system, underemployment, unemployment, unemployment money, United States, United States Government, urban dictatorships, US Army, US Civil War, vagabonds, vengeance, vertical consolidation, violence, wage cuts, wage slavery, wars, welfare, welfare scamming, western states of America, Woodrow Wilson, workers, working class
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  1. The year was 1876. The USA’s elites had organized the celebration of the Amerikan Empire’s Centennial Birthday through staging a gaudy World’s Fair in Philadelphia. They had a lot to celebrate due to recently subduing some recalcitrant competing elites in the southern region, officially called the Civil War 1860-65. Yet, their ‘hero’ Lincoln died with a bullet to the head.

American elites also decided to appease the old, southern plantation owners through restoring their properties and allowing a permanent racially divided system, which made ‘Dixiecrat’ rule a lot easier. The US government declared that Reconstruction was officially over, referred to as the Compromise of 1876.

During the putrid election of 1876, a Republican party hack, by the name of Hayes, won the presidency. Not only did the Empire survive a civil war and have to weather a hotly divided society through regional conflict, the corrupt American electoral system allowed a legal coup d’état government. That was definitely something to celebrate.

During that same epoch, the US government initiated its final extermination campaigns against the free native nations that hunted and traveled in the west. Recent outbreaks of bovine diseases and droughts had liquidated the vast populations of both herded cattle and wild cattle in the west. For the cattle barons, the massive die outs of cows were simple profit losses. The great western landholders, or Anglo property pimps, forced their workers to stake out barbed wire fences across the great western valleys and lowlands. If they couldn’t sell potential meat, then they could at least sell their ‘private properties.’ Meanwhile, a terrible economic depression had hit the country a few years earlier. The elites at that time referred to it as another ‘economic downturn.’

Like rat infestations found in urban slums, government corruption, stock market manipulations, and growing monopolies in certain business sectors began to multiply. Last names such as Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Carnegie, Gould, and Morgan entered the American lexicon as curse words with ties to nefarious business practices. Poverty abounded and starvation was certain for some unfortunates in the working class. Most African-Americans either died in their youths as working class heroes, or they sold their dignity for some scrap food.

In 1877, the railroad owners, and other captains of industry with ties to the railroad monopolies, then implemented severe wage cuts against their workers. But the workers counterattacked across the United States. Workers’ syndicates, or ‘unions,’ called for a nationwide strike to shut down all the industries related to the labor force of the railroads.

The infamous strike of 1877, or the Great Railroad Strike of 1877, was the only successful General Strike in American history. Workers picketed, stopped scabs from entering the workplace, closed down factories and railroad yards, and refused to leave the owners’ properties.

The General Strike was so successful, that the Republican, ex-Union General turned president, Hayes, called out federal troops to help state militias in exterminating the workers. This executive fiat was the first use of federal troops to put down strikes – which contemporary US elites have continued to utilize against strikers in major US industries. The US government successfully liquidated the striking, radical workers, referring to them as ‘Commune radicals,’ and ‘Socialist-Internationalist, Trade Union conspiracists.’ The strikers had become our contemporary ‘radicalized terrorists.’

Many major urban industrial centers in the US had their massacres of workers: Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Chicago and St. Louis. US government troops and state militias, (later called the National Guard), murdered thousands of workers, including women and children workers. Still to this very day, the US government has hidden the number of murders during the Great Railroad Strike. Some labor historians have stated that about 10,000 workers lost their lives during that strike. This was not just a strike: this state sponsored mass murder represented a joint US government-economic elite war against the working classes.

The US government was not finished with its reaction and tyranny. The Amerikan state apparatus soon devised some incremental changes to the state militia system. Gradually, the state militias would come under the control of the federal government and they would slowly integrate into the Amerikan war machine, under the US Army, later referred to as the National Guard. The political elites also established the Armory system. National Guard units now had their new headquarters in castle like structures, which housed their weapons and military equipment. These armories were conveniently located in America’s industrial centers and towns across the continent. The Liberal Democrat president, Wilson, ultimately transformed the diverse bands of state militias into US Army affiliated State National Guard units.

America’s industrial capitalist elites, ‘captains of industry, or ‘robber barons,’ such as Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Carnegie, Gould and Morgan hoped to obtain both vertical and horizontal consolidations of their particular industries, meaning the management of both the production of primary materials, and the distribution centers for manufactured materials. After controlling both production and distribution, their dastardly deeds could move into squashing the small business competitors that still fought against their sacred monopolies. These industrial capitalists consolidated their outrageous holdings through the setting up of ‘trusts’ among the biggest players, which fixed high prices, low wages, and information sharing, all leaving out the smaller contenders.

They also created ‘holding companies,’ or fake companies that the family or the major stockholders also legally controlled. They could both hide their monies and resist the nasty label as ‘monopolists.’ Next, these mega-rich madmen bought the senators, congressmen, governors, and state assembly politicians – and even federal, state and local judges. These top bosses also secured disgraceful legal precedents, which gave them greater rights for their corporations than for average American citizens. Corporations comprised the legal privileges of private corporate entities, while controlling the same legal rights as US citizens! Large corporations have since maintained these superior rights and privileges within American legal precedent.

First, the United States of America had transformed itself into the world haven and military defender of the massive mega corporation, the multi-national business conglomerate, and the super companies with tentacles across the globe. From its Industrial capitalist beginnings, the United States government has always supported and upheld the evil cult of Monopoly Capitalism.

Second, this incredibly violent and unjust political-economic system has only helped a few favored corporate and federally subsidized businesses. In the 1880s, it was mainly railroads, oil, metal fabrication, (iron and steel), and massive cattle slaughter.

These days, the favored industries are large finance firms, the Stock Market, mostly headquartered in Wall St., NYC, and the Federal Reserve banks, such as JP Morgan-Chase, Citibank, US Bank and the Bank of America. Then, the insurance fraudsters come in second, such as Blue Cross, Aetna, Kaiser, MetLife, etc., with the GMO-Biotech food monopolies next on the list, Monsanto, Coca-Cola, Wal-Mart, Pfizer, McDonald’s, Dean Foods, ConAgra, DuPont, Smithfield, Tyson, etc.

There are also those large real estate conglomerations, such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and corporate media trusts, such as Viacom, Disney, GE-NBC, FOX, CNN, etc. And ultimately, and most importantly, there exist the energy and transportation monopolies, such as EXXON-Mobil, Chevron, Koch and Conoco, Delta, GM, Ford, American Airlines, Chrysler and US Airways-United. The military-police-surveillance transportation conglomerations also receive their super pie portions, such the US military and the spy agencies: NSA, FDA, CIA, FBI, ATF, DHS, IRS, DEA with lots of other government initialed bureaucracies.

Third, this brutal capitalist system is unique in the world in that America’s elites, unlike Europe’s elites, interlock with each other between top government positions, private industry boards of directorships, and intellectual foundations, representing both university research centers and think tank organizations. This interlocking and adjustable power elite, with its well-guarded monopoly capitalist system, explains one of the main reasons for the staying power of the Great Sociopathic Empire.

Fourth, the US government has no unemployment social safety net for the majority of Americans that do not work in its favored monopolies. Meanwhile, it ingeniously uses massive amounts of corporate media propaganda to cover up its cruel and criminal political economic system. The economic corporate news always focuses on the Stock Market, phony new jobs numbers, and bogus inflation stats, while common prices rise for the rest of us. This clever flim flam system offers particular free money benefits to a few people, yet gives nothing in return to most other citizens – and refuses to compensate those that have regularly paid their taxes.

For example, I, like millions of others around the country, have been unable to find a job in my field, and have been underemployed for years now. Yet, I am a doctor holding a PhD after six hard years of work. I have no rights to any unemployment money, even though I had paid taxes for five years previously as a working graduate assistant. Americans get almost nothing in return from their high tax rates. However, the favored monopolies tied to the US government receive the full rounds of benefits, welfare dole and privileges.

A few years after the General Strike of 1877, in the 1880s and 90s, the corporate monoliths called for greater open foreign immigration from eastern and southern Europe to lower the wages. The federal government obliged to their wishes completely, where thereby, millions of desperate European immigrants poured into America’s urban centers. Thousands of poor wage slaves worked themselves to death for pittances, a few others starved or died terribly as vagabonds on the city streets, while many others moved from one industry job to another industry job for survival sake. The ones that moved around represented the winners.

Once again in the 1970s and 80s, through the influence of institutions, such as the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission, Amerika’s interlocking powerful elites demanded more ‘flexibility’ and ‘greater international investment opportunities’ for their corporations, which implied greater profits for shareholders. The translated business code meant that US-based companies should have easy rights to move their production and manufacturing operations overseas, so that they could tap into a worldwide cheap labor source. Now, many of these US manufacturing giants have their production capacities across the urban slums of Asia. The US government allowed US multinationals to inflict this killer of domestic employment – and D.C. will continue to allow these corrupt practices as long as they hold power.

When in the 1880s and 90s, the top business honchos called for a more ‘educated,’ meaning docile, workforce. Both the US government and state governments bowed to their desires. The Amerikan state public school farce, or the national coercive schooling system, consolidated around Boards of Educations and politician appointees, called ‘administrators.’

Major universities, and even the Ivy Leagues, started to change their school categories from the strict Liberal Arts paradigm towards special programs in Engineering, Applied Sciences, Business and Agricultural Sciences. America’s urban police forces and prison systems expanded their social engineering scope. Since then, this sinister political economy has mixed with insidious social control mechanisms.

By the 1970s and 80s, representatives of the interlocking elites within D.C. based ‘think tanks,’ demanded more ‘values based education’ and they cited a ‘lack of civic responsibilities and basic skill sets,’ among students. The elites were really concerned with the negative aspects of the ‘Sixties attitudes,’ meaning an absence of respect and awe for government authorities and institutions. Within a few years, public schools and universities instituted more skill based testing of students – even starting from the first primary grades! The US government, under the ‘Dept. of Education,’ pushed public schools and universities in the United States to make all of the necessary changes – if they wanted more federal dollars in their coffers.

US govt. officials and university administrators colluded together in allowing a new test monopoly. This ‘not for profit’ corporation took over the testing mania, called the Educational Testing Service or EST. They were the sole company that controlled the moneymaking windfall of SAT and GRE university level exams. Universities and Colleges then forced their students to take useless core curriculum courses on western history and culture, meaning the US and Europe, which added to their already mandatory course lists. American higher education transformed into a secondary high school curriculum. University administrators annually raised tuition by the real inflation rate. The US government then forced states to raise their drinking age from 18 to 21. Finally, American colleges and universities organized campus cop gangs on their territories in order to watch, harass and arrest those same paying students.

The most violent aspect of this system is the lack of any social safety net for average citizens. The United States government however, and throughout its entire history, has continually subsidized its favored corporate monopolies through tax breaks, legal amnesties, money infusions, free of charge police-military enforcements. Even outright nationalisations in order to save the corporate structures have commenced, yet regular Americans receive almost nothing from this same federal government.

US federal, state and municipal government taxes, (including sales, communication and property taxes), rob over 35% in annual savings from most working Americans’ paychecks. I lived in Europe for some years, and this was about the same rate of European socialist-democracy annual taxation. Most Europeans, however, did receive their secure economic backups in case of injury, unemployment and sudden illness.

The sociopathic elites that run this Empire have managed other ingenious methods of social control. In the US, there are various underhanded schemes in obtaining ‘benefits,’ for some form of economic survival. In other words, certain sectors of the American populace have ‘rights’ to particular government handouts or welfare systems, while others are completely excluded.

Cops have legal immunities from arbitrary firing, and even when murdering American civilians in cold blood. If they are under investigation, then they can receive a paid vacation, nefariously called ‘paid administrative suspension.’ State bureaucrats, such as mediocre teachers, district librarians, burnout officials, firemen and general state workers, receive almost complete coverage in pension, medical and dental benefits, and they can easily cash out on their ‘public retirement’ when they have finished their terms. Their retirements are secure because they dip straight from the state and municipal tax trough.

There are other notorious methods in obtaining public monies. For example, people with tattoos on their faces can begin receiving Social Security disability checks even if they are still in their twenties, while families accepted into the Cash-Stamp program can now use the EBT debit card system to cash out inside any business that serves food, inclusive of convenience stores and casinos! Before the debit card graft, the Food Stamp program was quite strict in that the person could only use the vouchers to buy groceries in supermarkets.

The last question is why the US government, which only concerns itself with protecting multinational, corporate monopolies, would allow a few lower class citizens to engage in such underhanded methods in order to secure free money. The answer is that the top criminals and sociopaths use this system as their main divide and conquer social control.

The corporate media loves harping on the lowlife indigents who receive US government checks, while they just sit around watching TV. These scenes especially infuriate the small business owner class that has to front most of the tax burden inside the US. The small business owner class also fears the steep fall into the working class, and the problems associated with such a class.

At the same time, the generals and top officers in the US military-industrial-spy complex, with the boards of director-executives, inside the top banks of the Federal Reserve, receive thousands of dollars in welfare money. Murderous politicians in various fascist governments, such as Colombia and Israel, also receive millions of dollars in annual foreign aid, or international welfare money. As for now, this strategy has worked. The different social classes in Amerika hate each other and blame each other for the coming economic collapse.

The study of history is necessary for us to understand the injustice and structural violence glued within this crooked and infernal system. Since 1790, the US government and their shill corporate elites have successfully weathered various ‘collapses.’ Economic Collapse is just doing business, and it is often good business. As long as there exists the Amerikan Empire of Sociopaths in Washington D.C., they will continue to push and defend global monopoly capitalism. Those citizens fortunate to work in those ‘currently favored industries’ can survive for now. The rest of us have the choices of enlisting in the military, (if we are still young), family money, homelessness or the prison gulag.  Our last remaining Monopoly game pieces now wait nervously on the cardboard.

Check out this link for more info:

http://www.activistteacher.blogspot.com/2013/09/global-economic-model-of-war.html

Anarcho-Historian Lesson #4: Understanding The Six Truths of History

Posted: July 30, 2013 in absurdity, African-Americans, Albigensians, Amerikan Empire, Anarchists, Anarchy, Apocalypse, Armageddon, Atlantis, Balkans, barbecue, Byzantium, Cathars, Catholic Kings, Chinese Emperor, Christian conversion, circular cycles, civil war, community, conspiratorial groups, contradictory, corruption, country folk, criminal enterprise, criminals, Crusades, culture, death, despots, destruction, dictators, Emperor Frederick the Great, empire, English Royal Court, Europe, Evangelical Christianity, extermination, Fortuna, France, French Empire, Garden of Eden, Genghis Khan, genocide, Golden Age, guns, heretics, hierarchy, history, Holy Office, Holy Roman Empire, honor, humanity, Hundred Years War, Hungary, Inca Empire, Inquisition, Jerusalem, Jews, justice, King Louis IX of France, Lebanon, Levant coast, linear stories, liquidation, Lithuania, Mali Empire, Manichaean, martyrdom, Medieval Europe, Messiah, Mexica-Aztec Empire, military, monarchies, Mongol Empire, murder, murder victims, Muslim Caliphates, Old Prussia, Orthodox Christianity, pacification, pagans, pantheism, Paradise, Poland, political alliances, politics, Pope Innocent IV, Protestants, racism, rebellions, regions, resistance, revolutionary life, Roman pontiff, Russian Emperor, Saint Louis, Second Coming, St. Thomas Aquinas, state apparatus, Sukhothai Empire, Syria, Teutonic Knights, The Confederacy, the Cross and the Sword, the South, the State, Truths of History, tyrants, United States, United States Government, US Civil War, vengeance, violence, Waldensians, wars, Wild West, WW I
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The historical period was the 1240s. Medieval Catholic Europe was completely embroiled in its genocidal and murderous colonizations versus the Enemy. At that time in history, the Church’s enemies included all of their religious-ideological rivals around the Mediterranean and Eurasian worlds.

In the east and the south lived the Orthodox Byzantines and the Muslim Caliphates. In the west, such as Spain, the Muslim caliphate was weak, but the last stronghold remained in Nasrid Granada. In Italy, there resided Orthodox Christian groups and other heretics called Waldensian Protestants. Holdouts of pagans and nominal Christians survived in the northern fringes of Europe, such as western Ireland and in Old Prussia-Lithuania. In the south of France, a strong and vibrant Manichean influenced community, called Cathars or Albigensians, flourished. And of course, the eternal enemies of the Church, the Jews, were everywhere.

The Pope had thought that his Catholic knights of the Cross and the Sword had once again landed at the golden cusp of history. He was sure that they could recapture, reconquer and destroy forever, the Church’s ideological rivals. The times seemed fortuitous. God had definitely given the Church, and the Christian Crowns in service of the Church, good omens of Victory. During the same decade, the Church’s greatest doctor theologian St. Thomas Aquinas was prepping notes for his opus work, ‘Summa Theologica.’ The Glories of the Cross and the Mass resided in the clouds. The pope at the time, Innocent IV, was so convinced of such good fortune that he convened an ecumenical church council at Lyon, France, which demanded complete obedience of all secular authority to the Roman pontiff.

But like all emperors, dictators, despots, tyrants, presidents, politicians, prime ministers, sociopaths and leaders, he was wrong. The man probably knew his theology well, but history was his weakness. And just as it has been for most of humanity’s watchers within the real theater of the absurd, called life and humanity. History has six truths, and those humans that do not know them will never understand how the human world operates. With Pope Innocent IV’s lurid visions of victory, arrived the cataclysms of multiple defeats.

His secular defender, Saint King Louis IX of France, had just exterminated the Albigensian Cathars during the siege at the castle of Montsegur in Occitania, now southern France. Yet, this same saintly King went on two crusades, the Seventh and Eighth, and could never recapture Jerusalem again, and even their Crusader castles on the Levant coast would eventually fall to the Muslim Saracens. The French did not get their revenge until 1920 when they reoccupied the Levant and carved out, ‘Lebanon,’ from the lands of greater Syria.

During the Seventh Crusade, the Saracens even captured Saint King Louis after a battle, and then demanded that the French royal court pay a hefty ransom, for the King’s release. This hostage fee completely depleted the French royal court’s capital. The English royal court would attack their French royals around fifty years later. Such incidents began the First Hundred Years War. During his voyage on the Eighth Crusade, Saint Louis ultimately died a bad death. He fell sick due to catching a traveler’s disease, in Tunis, north Africa. Saint Louis’ contemporary fame has pinned itself to a crime ridden American city along the Mississippi River.

More troubles for Christendom ensued. The Teutonic German knights were almost certain that they could force a complete extermination of the pagans in Old Prussia and Lithuania, or even force them towards Christian conversion. The Teutonic Knights occupied more lands and territories each successive year. Yet, their most recent battles against the pagans were utter disasters. The Baltic pagans fortified their cities, temples, and rites, and they remained committed pagan pantheists for another 200 years!

Then all of a sudden, the maximum upheaval took place, which no one during that decade could foresee. An invading army from the east had attacked the Chinese emperor, the Muslim Caliph in Baghdad, and the Russian Emperor. And this imperial onslaught continued to move westerly. History refers to this invasion as the Mongol Empire under the Khan, called Genghis Khan. The Mongols eventually attacked the Catholic monarchs of the East, such as the Poles and then defeated the Hungarians, all until their routs ended with defeats in the Balkans. The Catholic kings of the East could do nothing.

The Byzantines in Greece next regrouped, and succeeded in taking Constantinople once again for the Orthodox Church. The French royal court tried to form a military arrangement with the Mongols, and the Pope even sent Franciscan monks as emissaries to the Great Khan to advance a mutual pact. The Church hoped to form an alliance with the pagan Mongols to exterminate all the world’s Muslims. The Pope’s evil intentions fell into the chamber pot. Less than a hundred years later, the majority of the Mongols in central Asia eventually converted to Islam instead! Pope Innocent IV just did not understand the six truths to world history.

The first truth of history is that all particular civilizations and political-economic-military empires decay and implode upon themselves after their rise to power. This cycle will continue until the human race naturally extinguishes itself on the Earth.

The second truth of history is that world history moves in circular cycles, not through linear stories, such as the ideologies of Human Progress, the coming Utopia, the Second Coming, the return of the Messiah, or the Battle of Armageddon of the Apocalypse.

The third truth of history is that there was never any Golden Age, nor did there exist any mythical Kingdom of Justice, such as Atlantis, the Garden of Eden, Paradise, etc. There were however, various cultures that had Anarchist social relations of equality, with no social class differences, no fixed property relations, no prisons, no police forces, no permanent social exclusions, and they supplied all the basic necessities for all of their members: clothing, community, culture, shelter and food. Modern states and empires have successfully exterminated such cultures – and they will continue to do so.

The fourth truth of history is that the grand conspiracy theories of evil groups that control or pervert world power, such as the Jews, the Illuminati or the Masons, have never existed and nor do they now exist. Humanity is too complex in order for such groups to have complete power and influence over our lives.

The fifth truth of history is that all state apparatuses, institutional bureaucracies, criminal enterprises, despotic empires and tyrannical regimes generally relax and slightly liberalize their brutal systems, so that they can save time for implementing even harsher laws in the future. They liberalize with token reforms, and criminalize gradually through retroactive laws.

The sixth truth of history is that state criminals, corrupt politicians, despots, and tyrants often act on sudden or extreme positions due to the harsh actuality of the current situation, or due to expediency within the political moment. The actions of state criminals rarely begin with planned plots inside of closed, secretive quarters. Hopefully, the reader can see that Pope Innocent IV failed to understand the six truths of world history. No empire, whether papal or secular, can survive the ravages of time and human cultural change.

The Amerikan Empire is good at murdering millions of victims across the earth and inside of its own continent, but the Amerikan Empire tends to lose its wars in the end. The US government destroyed the Confederate States, both militarily and economically, during the Civil War. Yet, the Confederate South won the culture war, which was greatly more important. The cult of the Wild West, outlaws, rebels, guns, Evangelical Christianity, racism against African-Americans and other racial castes, barbecue and Country folk have transformed the official American culture. This cultural hodgepodge will always remain ‘Americana’ until the US government decides to exterminate the residues. And once it initiates this cultural and physical liquidation, the empire will crack into a maelstrom of violence that will even shock most of the world’s inhabitants. The US military recruits mostly from the white South.

The Pope thought that the Papacy had reached a Golden Age of power, and it some ways it did, but other empires also received their second winds, such as Islamic world culture, the Mongol Empire, the Mexica-Aztecs, the Sukhothai Empire, the Mali Empire, the Yuan-Mongol dynasty of China, and even the Inca Empire would reach its coming glory. In every historical period, there are gaining and receding powers.

Pope Innocent thought that the evil heretics, the eternally wicked Jews, and the reprobate Muslims, deserved the final destiny of the fire and the sword. Finally, the Church could eliminate the satanic conspiracy that plagued the known world. The Church could ultimately reform itself and not have to worry about the evil conspiracies around it. Even during the 1240s, the world was a complex place. The Jews, the Muslims, the Orthodox – and Heresy survived.

However, Pope Innocent IV was a moderate strategy player when the political situation demanded action. He pardoned the noble knights that defended the Cathar heretics in the south of France. He wanted to use their military prowess against his rival, the German Emperor Frederick, (the Holy Roman Empire). He next tried to form an alliance with the pagan Mongols for a counterattack on the Muslims. Pope Innocent IV also institutionalized the authority and power of the Holy Office of the Inquisition to discover, redeem – or extirpate, (meaning murder), all ‘heretics.’ Even with his newly empowered Inquisitorial courts, Innocent IV could never destroy all of the heretics.

The political and cultural situation of the world today is not much different. The technological advances have made the world a faster and more complicated place to survive, but the human god-animal is still a complex and absurd actor on the globe stage. As long as there exists a human condition under civilization, the six truths of history will never change.

Anarchists should understand these six truths of history, so that they can relax and party, stay free and enjoy the absurdity of life, keep vigilant against any token state-criminal reforms and warn others about the state’s corresponding methods of gradual repression, and like always – continue the revolutionary practice, the revolutionary art, and the revolutionary life.

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Germany could never shake itself from the trauma of the First World War. The year was 1930, and even though Jazz clubs and racy nightlife augmented in Berlin during the latter parts of the Twenties, the Great Depression steamrolled over all of the capitalist nations of Europe. Stories of children starving to death again reached German ears.

The ‘western’ propaganda machine still fulminated that Germany was responsible for all of the evils of the war. Why was there no mention of the French Empire or the British Empire that controlled almost a quarter of the world’s surface? All of this Allied war propaganda was untrue, and French troops still occupied the Ruhr region. The failed and twice failed, and even thrice failed, Weimar Republic coalition governments, still had to pay ‘reparations,’ or extortion monies to Britain, France and the United States. Germany won on the eastern front in WW I, and of course, there were no reparations towards Russia. The hypocrisy and lies never ceased.

The National Socialists, or the Nazis, could also see that the Socialists or really, the ‘Social Democrats-Leftists-Reformists’ in the Weimar government were pathetic, and most Germans had gotten quite sick of their cowardice and lack of direction. They were no different from the right-wing, militarist madmen that just wanted to wield power. The Nazis main rivals, the Communists, and at that time, the strongest Communist Party outside of Russia, were still split and battle-scarred from the defeated 1918 Spartacist Revolutions in both Berlin and in Munich. The other political opposition was the Center Party, or the ‘Zentrum,’ which represented German Catholicism.

The Nazi Party began to jump onto and embrace the most recent political changes. Instead of watching on the sidelines like a small splinter party within the fringes of political discussions, it began to make the strategic moves, stir its own news, and form its own political coalitions. From a radical fringe of southern German reactionaries that tried to create a Bavarian separatist-fascist state during the 1920s, the Nazi Party transformed itself into a German revolutionary party, while utilizing both street violence and secret party coalitions in order to construct its national transformation.

It successfully moved from the War of Position to the War of Maneuver. Or as a contemporary political scientist and Italian Communist under house arrest, Antonio Gramsci, had stated: the party successfully creates the counter hegemony to counterattack the state hegemony.

Hegemony is not about domination. I continue to read both Leftist and Libertarian writers that refer to hegemony as a type of political-imperial oppression over the weak and subjugated, with statements such as, ‘the weakness or power of American hegemony.’ These intellectuals forget that hegemony, as previously explained by Antonio Gramsci, is actually a cultural practice of understanding the world and doing something about it.

Within our modern existence, and where most of us command caged lives inside violent, industrialized cities, we ourselves form our own ideas about our environs, initiate discussions with like minded friends, join political or cultural associations, and even make our own political alliances or choices.

People construct their own worldviews, shape their own realities, and create their own cultures. Whether it is a particular religious worship, hanging out with a certain subculture of fashion and music, or even attending a political demonstration, people themselves make their own history. History is not just battles, presidents and laws; it also represents everyday humanity creating their own cultural expressions, temporary communities, or hegemonies, in order to comprehend the world around them.

Most humans are not dupes as some Leftists commentators like to rattle about incessantly. We are all philosophers in our very own individualistic ways. The Tea Party Conservatives were not the willing idiots of the Koch Brothers either, as some Democratic party hacks have ranted about recently. If there was no national anger already swelling about seeing their proud country decay into a Third World disaster, yet possessing the most violent empire in world history, then no amount of Koch brother money would have been able to set up their public protests.

For us Anarchists, this means that we also have to embrace the times and places that we both live in and suffer from. A few intelligent Americans are waking up to the American nightmare that fogs over people’s lives, bodies, minds and emotions. Most citizens are too scared to fight, and we should leave them alone. But other angry and confused citizens are struggling out there. They want to hear another story besides the trite and pathetic lies vomiting out of the corporate news media and crap American television. We Anarchists have that other story. We do not need to form a cohesive political party like our Communist sect enemies, nor do we need to seize power, like some military officer caste; instead, we must have the courage to speak the truth when people ask, or when they complain to us about the way things are going politically.

I will continue my story on how the ultra-nationalist and reactionary Nazis became a national-revolutionary German party. When the Weimar state cowards and liars tried to push a bogus national referendum on making partial reparation payments, the Nazis rejected the vote fraud completely. Modern Germans did not like bullshit, and still do not like such games. Continue with your previous work or fight. The Nazis understood completely. Meanwhile, the National Socialists continued to incite even bloodier street fights against Communists and supposed collaborators with foreign occupying troops on German soil. They also began to move into other directions, such as fomenting the necessary political alliances, and often-contradictory ones.

Soon, the Nazis made overtures to particular German business owners and small business owners, or good capitalists that they liked. They successfully sloganeered that the problems of reparations and war guilt on Germany had destroyed business and opportunities in their own land. Meanwhile, the party press kept blabbering the anti-Semitic cant about manipulative Jewish stock jobbers turning the world capitalist economy upside down. The Nazis also played down their nationalist-class conflict patter.

Then, the National Socialists made overtures to the Prussian military caste, or the German military. This political alliance was not hard because the Nazis had the same desire for a continuation of war hostilities like the German high command. The Nazis even won some political positions inside a few regional governments.

With all of the street gang methods and political maneuvers towards the other gravitational pulls of power, the Nazis were still another right-wing political party moving on the national front. Their main base was Bavaria, which was the center of the German reaction and a very Catholic region. Finally, the Nazis made the right openings to the Catholic Church, and to its political appendage in Germany, the Zentrum.

Adolf Hitler, the leader of the Nazi party and not the most observant Catholic, arranged a meeting with the papal nuncio in Berlin, a man by the name of Eugenio Pacelli, who would later become Pope Pius XII during World War II. Right before the elections of 1933, the two parties, both the Zentrum and the Nazis united to form the strongest coalition party in Germany. The Nazi Party started ranting about the ‘destruction of the German family and defending real family values.’ The same year, President Hindenburg appointed Adolf Hitler as his chancellor. The rest is history.

Hegemony also works repeatedly in the United States. The Republican-Democrat deception is a perfect case to analyze. The two parties simply pick and choose their new ‘political alliances’ depending on what gets the election results. First, there is the Democratic ‘base,’ which tries to include both large, and small business owners, both labor union bosses and workers with union seniority. Meanwhile, it makes overtures to middle class African-Americans and to certain Latino populations, such as second generation Mexican Americans. The Dems do not stop there, but also seek alliances with certain socio-economic ethnic groups, such as urban Asian Americans that despise lazy state spongers, wealthy Jewish-American, Israel First supporters living in large urban cities, and college educated, yuppie hipsters. This contradictory hodge-podge also hopes to attract Conservative farm and rust belt workers and senior citizens feeling insecure about Social Security, and next, urban Gay and Lesbian populations.

The Republicans also have their absurd political concoctions. They have attempted to organize Christian Evangelicals that want a Christian Republic, and yet the Repubs attract freethinking Libertarians in the western states wanting the government out of their lives. This political assemblage has the support of the ‘Don’t tread on me’ gun-Bible belt in the South, Mormons in the West, and large farmers in parts of New England. The party also contains a bunch of law and order followers calling for tougher laws, more prisons and more police, including staunch militarists, all of whom believe that the government has the sole right to bear arms – and to use them when it damn well feels like it. The party aims for the support of both business owners that live in gated communities and a few racist rednecks that live in trailer parks, and it hits on certain ethnic groups, such as Cuban Americans. If a historian were to examine the hegemonic alliances of both parties a hundred years earlier, in 1912, he or she would find very different and contradictory political bases on both aisles.

As long as there exists human civilization and urbanization, hegemony lives around us. We create our own culture, our own histories, and so therefore, we make up hegemonies, or our own political frameworks, even with all of their internal inconsistencies and absurdities.

We Anarchists have the easiest work load, unlike the other political party hacks and slaves out there hustling their weird ideologies and crap literature. Our destiny, or ‘Fortuna,’ takes some courage to act upon. Just bravely speak up or write the truth to power.