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Anarchists Beware: Political Cultists, Ego Maniacs, Hierarchical Leaders

Posted: May 22, 2015 in Anarchism, Anarchist historians, Anarchists, believers, books, Buenaventura Durruti, Catalan Anarchists, catechism, Cheka, Christianity, Communist sects, control, control freaks, cool rebels, cowardice, cowards, crap history, crooked individuals, cults, cults of personalities, Czars of Russia, death squads, deceit, deceivers, diarrhea mouths, dignity, disciples, ego maniac, fanatics, Fascism, followers, free warriors, freedom, gods, great men of history trope, hierarchies, historians, history, hogging the conversation, honor, horrors, human condition under civilization, hypocrisy, ideologies, Ignatius Loyola, informers, Jerusalem, Jesus Christ, Jim Jones, Josef Stalin, leaders, liberty, literature, lowlifes, lunatics, madmen, manipulation, martyrdom, Marxist vanguard sects, mass murder, mass suicide, mind slaves, mini states, minions, murder, New Testament, Niccolo Machiavelli, NKVD, organization, parasites, Passion and Death of the Christ, pathological liars, perverts, plagiarism, political cultists, propaganda, radical newspapers, radical pamphlets, radical vanguard, ranting, rape, recruitment, religious dogma, resistance, revoltutionaries, revolutionary martyrs, Roman Empire, rulers, sects, self-adulating buffoon, Sergei Nechayez, Sermon on the Mount, Spanish Civil War, spies, spiritual degenerates, spirituality, terror, The Catechism of a Revolutionary, the evil world, The People's Retribution, The People's Temple, The Prince, The Spiritual Exercises, the State, The Third Section, the Truth, true believers, Vladimir Lenin, wolves in sheep's clothing, zealots
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The New Testament, or the Holy Book of the Christian Religion, contains an interesting story. The leader of the Nazarenes, Jesus Christ, during his Sermon on the Mount, warns his disciples about the ‘wolves in sheep’s clothing.’ Apparently, even those days, there were abundant ‘self-proclaimed leaders’ among the brotherhood of believers. That leader, the Christ, cautioned his disciples that they must remain wary of the dangers in the evil world, (the Roman Empire), as they went out and proclaimed the power of the Christ. He later admonishes them again during his last days in Jerusalem, before his future Passion and Death, about the many false prophets and deceivers that would try to lure them away from the Truth.

It is quite ironic that Christianity, and which has represented the most powerful, sophisticated and extremist of the monotheist religious ideologies, has always maintained a humongous list of such wolves in sheep’s clothing. The historical record of its own gross hypocrites, pathological liars, hierarchical leaders, ego maniacs, madmen cultists, lunatic sects, arch-criminals, rapists and murderers, has been quite outstanding. No other world religion in human history has developed nor cultivated such a torrid and perverted catalogue of monsters and deceivers. Still to this actual day, spiritual degenerates across the globe have parasited off the unwary, naive and desperate believers.

We should not just point the finger at the spiritual ones in regards to the parasite-leaders and hucksters that have abused their faithful followers. We Anarchists have also fallen under the disease ridden gazes of cults of personalities, bogus leaders, radical salesmen, super revolutionaries, pseudo-authentic cool rebels – and even egotistical fanatics. Again, we have human history that has exposed such sordid truths.

There was the infamous story of the Russian revolutionist, Sergei Nechayev. Sergei actually came from a working class Russian background, unlike many other fellow revolutionaries, such as the Anarchist, Pyotr Kropotkin, who was born upper class. Sergei first worked with the Anarchist, Mikhail Bakunin. They collaborated together on writing revolutionary pamphlets, and then in the 1870s, Sergei branched out to form his own political cult, ‘The People’s Retribution,’ or ‘The Society of the Axe.’ Their holy book was his previously written pamphlet, ‘The Catechism of a Revolutionary.’

Like most cult leaders or cults of personalities, Nechayev was a sloppy reader of political and philosophical texts. He either didn’t have the time, or more than likely, was simply too lazy to read as a historian, meaning reading most of the author’s general works, and then interpreting between the text lines for the overall historical contexts.

Sergei read parts of Machiavelli’s The Prince, and St. Ignatius Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises, and then decided to plagiarize from them for his holy book, ‘The Catechism.’ Most spiritual and political ‘leaders’ have used identical methods, and will continue to use similar pilfering – without footnotes of course.

This super Russian revolutionist transformed into an ego maniac who controlled ‘his group’ through deceit, divide and conquer techniques, and psycho-manipulation. While the arch hypocrite fulminated against the evil, despotic Czar Emperors of Russia, this madman was constructing a little monstrous state of about 50 followers. When one of ‘his followers’ questioned his leadership, he formed a secretive group to murder him, which the leader exactly performed. A hundred years earlier, before there was Jim Jones and his Poison Acid-Kool Aid mass suicide at the People’s Temple in the jungles of Guyana, there was this maniac.

Thankfully, Bakunin alerted the other Anarchist revolutionaries of Europe about the danger of Nechayev, and that other radicals had to watch out for such a crooked individual.

Eventually, the Russian authorities captured the deceiver and sent him to die in a Czarist prison. Some years later, the Third Section Intelligence Service tried to recruit the lowlife as an informer and spy, but Nechayev’s madness had already diseased both his body and mind. The lunatic died wretchedly in his cell a few years later.

Unfortunately, the sinister influence of such a ‘revolutionary martyr,’ has led to other control freaks and political monsters in copying such nefarious methods. One such leader was the Russian Communist revolutionary-dictator, Vladimir Lenin, who formed his own death squad to imprison and murder his political enemies, called Cheka. After Lenin, there emerged the infamous Josef Stalin, who formed a more perfect union of the intelligence-death squads, later renamed NKVD. Such are the fruits from one prophetic so-called leader seeping out of the radical vanguard.

Anarchists have also fallen for the traps and snares of such master manipulators. During the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s, many Catalan Anarchists dived into the spell of the Anarchist leader-bank robber-outlaw-revolutionist, Buenaventura Durruti. Durruti was a great Anarchist leader, but he was not the only warrior to fight Fascists in battle. The regular fighting men of his military column performed great acts of valor too. As Anarchists we must always praise the common work and basic struggles of all honorable fighters. And as Anarchist historians, we fully reject the cult of all leaders, or the ‘great men of history’ trope. The human condition under civilization has always created its own history of everyday heroes. And this has always been the truth.

But within our own troubling, contemporary times, there are still self-proclaimed, ”radical’ leaders and political cultists that fight for our affections. They rant, hog the conversations, interrupt us, bully the weak, write unreadable and tiresome books and other useless pamphlets, and they even send their minions to our events and struggles. They do this – not to further the resistance – but instead, to recruit more slaves into their organization.

How can we spot the wolves in sheep’s clothing? Their literature and words always point at and mention one particular leader, one specific ego, one self-adulating buffoon who seems to have most of the answers for all the horrors found in our evil world.

How do we deal with them? We must reject them completely. The moment they begin their propaganda diarrhea, or ‘spiel,’ we can stop them verbally and admonish them to think for their own selves. A few might threaten violence against us, but reaching for our firearms ready for use will shut up the true believers quite quickly. Remember this too: a cult follower is also a coward.

We Anarchists are not cowards, nor are we slaves; we follow no leaders, no personalities, no cults, no sects, no ideologies and no states. We bow to no strange ‘gods,’ nor to any human rulers or leaders. We are free warriors fighting for our daily dignity and honor. This simple code maintains our freedom, while it shields us from the political cultist pests.

 

 

 

Dangerous Ideologies I: The Judeo-Christian Monotheist Cult

Posted: September 30, 2014 in 1984, abolitionists, African slavery and genocide in the Americas, African-American civil rights marches, Amerikan Empire, apostates, Archbishop Beckett, Asia, Assyrian Empire, Augustine, authority, bans, Basque Nationalism, Biblical history, bishops, brutality, burning of heretics, Burning of Hypatia 415 A.D., burning of libraries, Calvinists, Catholic civil rights marches, censorship, Christ, Christianity, church militant, church organization, church triumphant, churches, cities, civil wars, colonialism, conflict, Constantine, contradictory codes, control, cruelty, Crusades, Crusading knight orders, culture, culture destroyers, Destruction of Jerusalem 70 A.D., Diggers, divine retribution and vengeance, doctrine, early church history, Egyptian religion, elite criminality, elites, enemies, English Civil War, epistle letters, ETA, evil, evil world, extremism, faith, false economic recovery, Fascism, fear mongering, George Orwell, ghettos, God, Gospels, Greek Cosmopolitan Empires, hate, heinous acts, heretics, history, Holy Books, human absurdity, human history, humanity, hunting enemies, ideologies, ideology, idolatry, imperialism, imprisoned women in convents, Inquisition, insecurity, institutional church, intolerance, invasions, IRA, Jansenists, Jerusalem, Jesuits, John Brown's raiders, Josef Stalin, Judaism, Judas, justice, lack of social safety net, languages, legalism, legend, Levant, Levellers, Liberation Theology, literal interpretation, Martin Luther King, mass murder, massacres, meanings, Mesopotamian city states, militancy, missionaries, missions, monks, monotheism, monsters, murder, myth, mythology, narrow definitions, national religious construction, Neo-Persian Empire, NGO subversion, official lies, pagan philosophy, pagans, paranoia, peace, Persian Medean Empire, polemicists, police, political alliances, priest class, prophetic tradition, prosecutors, Quakers, reaction, regulations, reign of terror, religion, religious agitation, religious cults, religious extermination, religious fanaticism, religious laws, religious obsessions, religious orders, religious persecution, religious power, religious rivals, religious sects, religious terminology, religious violence, religious wars, representations, repression, repression of eroticism, revolt, revolutionaries, revolutionary organization, Roman Empire, rule, salvation, Satan, savages, schismatics, Second Temple, security, significance, sin, snitches, soul, soul sacrifice, spirit, state corruption, state criminality, Stock Market, struggle, symbology, symbols, the State, torture, tradition, traitors, unemployment, war, wars of conquest, witch hunts against women, world history, Zoroastrianism
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Justice signifies a somewhat loaded, strange word.

Nowadays, the state thugs in the Amerikan Empire who scream the loudest about justice have also been its worst abusers against US citizens. Police and prosecutors normally put the word justice on their buildings, cars, uniforms, and within bizarre emblems that hang on their prison walls. The British writer George Orwell predicted this deranged behavior in his great book, 1984, (published in 1948), about the destruction of language, such as the term, peace, which really meant unending war and endless enemies.

The Amerikan Empire currently labels insecurity and fear mongering as security. High unemployment, lack of any social safety net for most Americans, and higher trading volume on the Stock Market, possess the label of economic recovery. The list of official lies, state corruption and elite criminality fills volumes from the pages of world history.

One peculiar ideology has helped twist human languages and meaning destruction during its long reigns of terror and error – and it still works wonders to this very day. This ideology birthed out of a group of west Asian people who called themselves Jews during the sixth century BCE. They were one of the captive nations under the Persian-Medean Empire at that time.

The Jewish elites had performed a miracle of language. They had codified diverse religious texts, taking stories from the Zoroastrian Avesta, picking laws and customs from the ancient Babylonian city states and the Assyrian Empire, and adding some religious mystical concepts from various, regional religious rites, such as the Carthaginians, Palestinians and Egyptians. They claimed to discover a righteous and brutal God in continual war against a despicable world order under the darkness of idolatry.

Those Jewish intellectuals transformed their holy book, called ‘Tanakh,’ into an often contradictory and bizarre hodgepodge of minute, regulatory, religious laws, such as Torah and Mitzvot, all of which was under a blood lineage priest class.

Their holy cannon also included a second section of prophetic dirges related to retribution and vengeance, or end times prophecies, such as Daniel, and the other Prophetic Books or Nevi’im. The third section regarded religious chants, psalms and miscellaneous religious axioms, such as Proverbs and Wisdom, or Ketuvim. In relation to the Torah, or the Five Books of Moses, were ancient Levant lore and legends, Joshua and Judges, and political-historical rival narrations, Kings and Chronicles.

The Jewish priests were the first people in human history to create a religious nation, with its temple center in Jerusalem, from a complete compendium of books, now called the Old Testament. In past history, it was the other way around. Those priests were quite successful in their religious-nation construction. But their religion of intolerance, authoritarianism and vengeance could only succeed, if they maintained an autonomous religious empire within a land mass continent, which also held much stronger pagan idolatrous empires.

After the full dedication of the rebuilt Second Temple, about a hundred and fifty years later from the Return of Exile, they soon had problems with the Seleucid Greeks. Then came the Romans, which also led to some jurisdiction issues. The Romans would eventually destroy the Temple and the city of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Those Romans had mistakenly thought that they had done finally away with the annoying nucleus of judeo-monotheists.

We now know that the monotheists had their final laughs inside their own secret chambers. Judeo-Christianity eventually took over the Roman Empire by the sixth century A.D. Around a thousand years later, monotheism had fulfilled its long journey of control, but it was still not finished.

During the previous, fifth century A.D., the Christians had been in full battle mode, which was their modus operandi from the beginning. Their religious structure of bishops, priests and deacons actually resembled the efficient structure of the Roman army. The Christians revived the old Jewish prophetic tradition through the influence of mad preaching monks of the desert and of the cities. Like the Jewish priests of ancient times, the Christians began to write extensively against pagan intellectuals, philosophers and even against their old Jewish forebears. Bishop Saint Augustine of Hippo represented one of those most effective polemicists.

Using the same methods centuries earlier, the Christians, specifically Saint Jerome, had finally codified their own holy compendium of books, now called the New Testament. They even took the Old Testament as their own and transcended everything into the Holy Bible, or the Holy Book. All the other circulating Gospels, Early Church histories, Epistle letters, and prophetic texts, mostly related to the Gnostics, entered the dustbin of rejected accounts.

This massive organizational and militant project was only in its beginning stages however. The Christian movement moved into the full public sphere of spiritual and military agitation, while conducting religious rallies of revenge against their pagan enemies and diverse idolaters, such as the Neo-Platonists, Jews that refused the Christ, Mithraites, followers of the Goddess Isis, or anybody that simply stayed loyal to the Greco-Roman, Celt or Germanic religious traditions. The Christians especially proved virulent against their religious rivals, called ‘heretics and schismatics,’ such as the Manichaeans, Gnostics, Monophysites, Donatists and Arians.

On a hot day in March, 415 A.D., the Christians ordered the pagan woman philosopher, Hypatia, burned alive in the main square of Alexandria. The Christians would continue their mass murder of religious enemies for centuries to come. The authoritarian and Zoroastrian, Neo-Persian empire at that time, had suddenly found itself the lone defender of religious toleration!

Within this historical period, Christian mobs led by the mad monks and bishops soon burned the great libraries of Antioch and Alexandria to the ground. Why did the Christians support the burning of libraries? The thousands of rolled scroll books stored in those centers represented the most serious threats to the power of Christianity.

Christianity’s ideological power resided, and still resides, through its own narrow definitions of the most basic terminology within human civilization. Christianity has had its own restricted definitions for the most basic of words, such as belief, justice, good, evil, grace, understanding, truth, peace, hope, compassion, virtue, life, death, light, darkness, rebirth, suffering, pain, joy and freedom. Christianity, like other religious movements on the Earth, had even taken some of its lore and legends from rival religious movements, such as the ancient legends of the Buddha.

Christianity representing the only true faith has always demanded a strict adherence to literate dogma. Although it claimed its powers through faith, Christianity has always maintained some legalistic standards. It had to do this if it wanted to survive. Christianity demands total subservience to its doctrines. There are no alternative routes to salvation.

No other religious ideology in world history developed Crusade armies of religious fanatics to murder their religious enemies full-scale, including all women and children, like they did during the sack of Jerusalem July 15, 1099. Likewise, no other religious organization developed military orders, such as the Teutonic Knights in the Baltic region or the Knights of Santiago in northern Spain, to publicly hunt and murder pagans or apostates, as both groups were active during the 15th century. No other religious ideology in world history developed religious orders, such as the Franciscans and Dominicans to publicly fight heresy, institute anti-idolatry crusades, and set up mission stations that imprisoned the savages of ‘no religion,’ which they did to the California natives during the late 1700s.

Christianity is the only world religion that constructed an efficient, legal machine to destroy and murder heretics, or any other free thinkers, contrary to the doctrines of the official faith. The institutional name was the Inquisition, which actually lasted for six hundred years, 1230-1830 A.D.

Christianity is the only religion that has sent out to the world its innumerable missionaries, or really culture destroyers, or even more so, the first non-governmental agency subversives, which enabled the larger and sinister European empires to control vast amounts of lands in the Americas, Pacific, Africa and in Asia from the 1500s until today.

The cult of Judeo-Christianity has fomented multiple wars of conquest to destroy its endless enemies across the globe, like it did in Spain during the 1930s, while it has instituted internal wars of extermination, which they did against women, labeled witches during the 16th and 17th centuries. It even forced young girls to live the rest of their lives imprisoned in convents during that same period. Finally, the churches have always instigated violence against the Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jewish ghettos that lived under their domains.

Christian monotheism represents the most extreme ideology that has repressed and mercilessly persecuted freedom fighters who dared to practice or defend the basic love-making instincts of humanity, whether auto-eroticism, homo-eroticism or any other act of eroticism outside of marriage. Behind almost every modern reactionary political movement, or movement against personal freedom, or any cult demanding some type of censorship, even bans or control of art, there exist activist-fanatics, often found in various extremist sects, while feeding within the multiple cocoons of Christianity.

Due to Judeo-Christianity’s powers and successes in fomenting wars, continually sending out missionaries and demanding the sacrifices of millions of souls, other world religions have tried to become just as militant, such as Islam, Buddhism, Judaism and Hinduism.

Yet no other world religion or secular ideology can compete with the power of Christianity. This religious ideology now has the most adherents in the world. Christianity’s historical methods have explained clearly the reasons for such success.

The real agenda of Christianity has been extremism, the outrageous and imaginative creations of monsters and evil representations, continual and militant warfare, the cruelest methods of torture and violence, deep persecution-paranoia complexes, obsessions with the control of others, the ceaseless murdering of enemies, and it has been one of cultural foundations for modern Fascism.

The true hero of the passion of Christ, was not the whipped god-man hanging on the cross, but the traitor-snitch, Judas, who allowed the scriptures their ultimate fulfillment. He then repented of his sin and later hung himself all alone on that dark hill. His Passion was the Gospel Truth.

The true spiritual god of Christianity was not the mystical spirit of the Christ, but Satan, the God and Prince of this World, using whatever means necessary to rule over the souls of humanity. The Glory of Christian Civilization was the Italian Renaissance, and its Bible was Machiavelli’s, The Prince.

How did a religious ideology masking such hidden evil take over so many nations and empires across world history? Like Constantine, the roman general usurper turned emperor, the criminal state easily spotted Christianity’s power through its militant and vicious religious practices. The state loves war, and any religious ideology that embraces it tends to work fine within the power arrangement. Christianity has often molded itself to the whims of pliant states. For example, Christianity fully supported and encouraged genocidal African slavery in the Americas, and its corresponding ideological lie, the heinous lie of racialism.

But with Christianity’s heinous history, it has also breathed a double-edged sword against power. The Christian religion has also stabbed mortal wounds into crooked state apparatuses when they have least expected it.

Anarcho-historians ought to remember that Christianity was the first revolutionary organization in world civilization. The elites and the state both know this truth, and this often explains their ambivalence and secret fear of Christianity’s militant powers. Christianity can become the greatest defender of the state criminals – and yet, it can always turn completely around – and transform itself into the state authorities’ most pressing internal enemy.

World history supports this thesis. The first uncompromising abolitionists in the British West Indian colonies during the nineteenth-century were Baptist preachers. During the English Civil War of the seventeenth-century, the most radical revolutionaries were the Christian Diggers and Levellers. Frances’ most resolute and intellectual defenders of the Nation during the seventeenth-century, versus the degenerate Monarchy of Louis XIV and his palatial paradise of Versailles, were the religious movements of the Calvinists and Jansenists. The strongest political opposition against the medieval English tyrant, King Henry II, had the face of Beckett, the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Catholic monarchs united in unison to destroy the Jesuit Order during the eighteenth-century. They knew that the Jesuits possessed more popular admiration fro their subjects than for the sacred monarchies.

Christianity has also spawned the great activist work of the Quakers, the revolutionaries of John Brown’s raiders against the Slavocracy in the US during the 1850s, the civil-rights agitations of Martin Luther King and other the ministers marching across the US against official segregation in the 1950s, the Northern Irish Catholics marches in the 1960s, which led to the armed campaign of the IRA. During the Franco Fascist regime in Spain, Basque activists organized themselves into a nationalist club, while they studied at a Jesuit seminary in northern Spain. This proto-nationalist movement eventually transformed into the armed struggle of ETA. Even the mass murdering Communist dictator, Josef Stalin, began his higher studies in an Orthodox Christian seminary.

The US government had to finance and train hundreds of state murderers from Latin Americans in order to murder their fellow citizens, all in order to combat Liberation Theology from the 1960s to the 1990s. This essay cannot even do justice to the number of historical times that Christianity has successfully turned on its old state supports, and then destroyed those same state and elite collaborators.

The historical lesson for us Anarchists is simple. The religious ideology of the Judeo-Christian Monotheist Cult has been a perfect representation of human absurdity lurking within our evil world.

It has more often supported reaction and mass murder, yet some of the most effective revolutionaries have burst forth from its roots, while such political activists have successfully undermined the legitimacy of the state.

Unlike our Marxist sect and Leftist-reformist mortal enemies, we Anarchists must not forsake nor reject the work of these Christianity inspired revolutionaries. Their intensity of revolutionary work knows no bounds. The Christian in revolt against both the State and the rich Elites often works alone, outside of the official, institutional churches. We don’t have to join their religious confessions, but we can encourage each other through our constant struggles against the economic elites and the criminal state.

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The decade of the 850s BCE transformed into years of great agricultural harvests, the warm summers that always brought the good rains in the end. Some empires were on the move during this time too, such as the powerful Olmec city states, the Zhou Chinese feudal kingdoms, the military advances of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, and the growing naval power of the Phoenician city states along the Mediterranean.

Another city was growing too. They called themselves, Thebes, and many of the original warrior-nobles descended from some of the great pharaohs of Egypt, such as Ramses, and the great king of the rich city of Mycenae, called Midas. At least, those elites said this was true. The city also had strong fortified walls and had a high and central place on a thin strip of southern Hellas, or Greece. Its aristocrats possessed good reputations for fierce fighting – since many of them were also sexually involved with each other.

This city was also well-known for its peculiar sacraments in honor of its patron god, called Dionysus, or in the Roman name, Bacchus. The ceremonies for this god were not the typical devotions for the Greek gods, such as Apollo, Athena, Zeus, Ares-Mars and Hermes-Mercury. The supposed solemn religious services of Dionysus-Bacchus often transcended into furies of wild drinking, erotic dancing, rough eating and other sensual explorations.

His festival was during the late summer recollection of the wine fruit, the grapes, and their magical transformations into fermented joy. Men and women of public dignity could transcend into crazy barbarians. And they didn’t seem to care if these sensual transformations took place among the darkened frenzies.

Alcohol represents the most powerful and fastest working drug for personal transformation. This very strong fermented concoction contains the power to let go of mind shackles, which can lead into simple and beautiful joyousness. Alcohol’s peculiar pharmacological power explains its might and cultural influence in all world cultures and throughout world history, and even in world cultures that supposedly hate it, such as the Amerikan empire, Evangelical Christianity and Islamic fundamentalism.

But like any drug, it has its very own shackles and snares. The drug of alcohol must go with three important spirits in order for the drinker to reach his or her personal transformations towards letting go and simple joy. Alcohol has to coincide with the wonderful company of family and friends, the practices of celebration and carnival, and always have some good food to soak up the toxins that coexist with the tangy tastes of fermentation.

Around the year 405 BCE, a famous Greek tragedian, or playwright, wrote a piece called ‘The Bacchae.’ The work tells the story of King Pentheus of Thebes that tried to confront the God Dionysus who had visited his city and initiated the crazy worship dedicated to the sweet wine of excess. Pentheus tried to ban, repress, control and survey the decadence of alcohol, yet he ended up getting killed by his own mother, (while he was dressed in a woman’s costume), during the sacred rituals of overindulgence, violence and sensuality. Other ancient Greek rulers tried to ban Bacchus and his holy rites of alcohol drinking, such as King Perseus of Argos and King Lycurgus of Thracia. Like Pentheus, they all failed miserably trying to prohibit the sacred rituals associated with magical wine.

The moral of the theatrical story was clear: leave Bacchus alone, let the people enjoy themselves, don’t try to control and destroy the party – for partying represented a celebration of life, a celebration of the Dionysian spirit that has existed inside all of us.

The Roman Empire would also learn this hard historical lesson. Around the year 186 BCE, the Roman Senate, representing the Roman Republic, had enough of the night-time ceremonies, the secret initiates of drinking societies, and the excessive wildness of the Bacchanalia rites. Bacchus was one of the major Roman gods and there were statues and temples of him everywhere – but the rituals went too far.

Roman slaves acted like military commanders, and Roman women took on the roles of Roman dignitaries. The alcohol consumed during the festival flew beyond indulgence. The secretive initiation rites in order to enter the drinking societies possessed suspicious motivations. The sexual indiscretions after some hot dancing were often quite notorious. The ecstatic music of pipes and drums often brought young women into frenzies of lust and screaming. Every Bacchic celebratory season, there were always violent deaths and other nefarious acts reported. There even existed worshippers, called Bacchants, which only served Bacchus – and they even they dedicated their lives to the god through living in continual drunkenness and dissolution.

Eventually, the Senate had the Roman army exterminate the hard cores that fully lived their existences in Bacchic ecstasies. Bacchus represented an imported god from Greece, and supposedly had its origins from the Egyptians anyway. The Roman Republic destroyed some temples lest some Bacchanalia fanatics try to hide inside them under the protection of the god. New Roman laws prohibited the annual night-time conclaves of secret societies meeting outside of the city.

The Romans did value pragmatism, so they eventually allowed the annual Bacchic celebrations, but they had to support the normal rituals for the gods: sacred oblations and ceremonies in public view at the temple doors, while the rituals and music were open to the full community. The priests and musicians performed the rites both during the day and at night. About fifty years later however, the Roman Republic would disintegrate through its own orgies of violence called the Civil Wars.

And to this very actual day, world ideologies, world religions and world empires have waged a most horrible war against Bacchus. Evangelical Christianity, Psychobabble, Mormon Christianity and fundamentalist Islam still rail against the demonic drink.

But more ominously, since the beginning of the 20th century, the early 1900s, the Amerikan empire has continually waged a holy war against Bacchus and his magical fruits. Some of the more notorious examples have included, a National Prohibition Amendment against alcohol, (1920-1933), state liquor stores and liquor control boards, alcohol sin taxes, dry counties, bar closing hours, Sunday bans on selling beverages, maximum alcohol content laws for beer, banning the importation of Absinthe or the domestic production of corn liquor, raising the minimum wage to imbibe alcohol from 18 to 21, the restrictive Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, or the infamous ATF, and Surgeon Generals that continually fulminate against the drug. Finally, there is the maximum police action against alcohol, or supposedly against drunk drivers, called Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or really, the nation-wide police prohibition action against any drivers that happen to have any alcohol in their blood streams.

Millions of American citizens have lost their lives, both socially and physically, through such state institutional violence. During Prohibition, both the US and state governments purposefully poisoned sections of the ‘illegal’ alcohol supply in order to destroy lives and murder ‘disobedient and degenerate drinkers.’ The US government and state government’s war on DUIs has only helped extort great quantities of citizens’ personal finances and increase the bloated prison population, which is now the largest in the world in both real numbers and in percentage of prisoners to the general population.

Yet it is still quite dangerous to drive on the roads, and deadly accidents still happen regularly in the States. Like Pentheus and the Roman Senate of ancient history, the twisted state cycles versus alcohol are still flexing their muscles of control and legalized violence. But the six truths of history never change, so the same historical cycle has fallen upon the Amerikan empire. Violence is now endemic in American society. A few crazies even prefer the public acts of willful mass murder to any partying whatsoever.

One extreme often follows its opposite extreme. This historical truth has generally explained the attraction of some Communists for suddenly changing over to Fascist movements.

Millions of unfortunate people around the world have taken that other extreme with alcohol. They regularly drink the sacred and fermented juices into the private realms of slow and painful deaths. They drink when they rise, when bored, when they use the toilet, the shower, during work, watching TV, and even before they go to bed. Alcohol helps them pass through their pathetic lives that they truly hate. If they only were dead; instead they exist as alcoholics. Bacchus has given up on them too.

The joyful and liberating spirits of alcohol only flourish under the marvelous company of family and friends, the sensual delights of festivities and carnival, and the delightful tastes of good food. All three of these wonders of life taken together, will transform the Bacchic liquefied gift.

Alcohol opens doors into treasure lands of mental wonder and sensual adventure, and yet when easily overindulged, it is also an intoxication breathing poison, all of which drowns the mind of awareness.

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

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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.