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Summarizing our Human Lives unto Death – there’s always something that we had forgot to mention – from the last conversation. Reviewing the Blog List of Topics, there was Anarchy, Empire, Guns, Drugs, Conflict, Class, Power, History…

Ah yes, Honor, that strange and peculiar virtue, which has accompanied most of human history. Honor does still exist around different parts of the world. Yet, it has recently expired its worthiness in the old imperial, thug empires of Europe – inclusive of their colonial-settler state monstrosities, such as the American Empire.

Depraved concepts of honor nevertheless rot inside the colonized minds of the hateful, and it also now lives twisted and twined to some crazy ideologies. Honor lies hidden amongst weird little subcultures across our Earth.

Honor supposedly resides within maniacal military brotherhoods, extremist political sects, and mostly amid right-wing nut jobs, patriarchal family structures of abuse, and well imprisoned inside even crazier, religious-brotherhood fundamentalist cults, deep inside the minds of monotheistic madmen. Gang members, wiseguys and other criminal underworlds proclaim themselves as ‘men of honor.’

What is this virtue, or vice, of honor, and how did most humans practice such a code throughout most of history?

Honor represented a great virtue, or action. This pure virtue of honor implied integrity, honesty and sincerity: living completely as a man of one’s words.

If your friend stated that he would help you, and if he did the work as he said he would, then he was a man of honor. This also meant that he would tell the hard truth to his good friends and blood family, regardless of the outcome. Honor’s brother in arms was Courage, and the Truth was always sacrosanct. Anyone possessing honor, also valued shame, or dishonor, which represented a public lack of trust in one’s ability to carry out honorable deeds.

This virtuous honor does not imply always telling the absolute, unequivocal truth to everyone or anyone that one encounters. This type of truth-telling is extremist and actually does more damage than good. It is the vice of indiscretion. Openly declaring to your grandmother that you once threw away one of her gifts in the past – on her birthday even – is simply rude, disrespectful and mean.

The second virtuous aspect of honor is respect. But this virtue can also denigrate into a vice.

Virtuous respect has signified the esteem for the elderly, the grey haired, one’s parents, the religious guru or priest of impeccable conduct, the aged monk of great wisdom, or the knowledgeable intellectual, literate gentleman, ex-soldier. Such men of honor knew a great deal about history, literature, philosophy, science, art, weapons, love, etc., and he or she was often a great conversationalist, a true Humanist. As the saying went, ‘respect where respect was due., Kong Qui, or Confucius, referred to these actions as the Virtue of Benevolence.

Vicious respect or Vice-ridden honor, however, is the false honor of the criminal underworld: gangsters, wiseguys, outlaws, gang members, pirates, crooks, swindlers, thieves, murderers and other sorts of disreputable delinquents.

This twisted form of honor holds ties to extreme violence. The criminal thug must use violent methods in order to get money, since the threat of violence and the actual acts of violence do the job. The criminal preys upon the weaker sorts of society, such as addicts, degenerate gamblers, the greedy, the dumb, petty thugs, street hustlers, illegal drug dealers and muggers. The continual threat of extreme, quick and brutal force, or vengeance for any sign of insolence – made one a respected guy. This is the wise guy code of honor.

All top criminal groups possess codes of honors, inclusive of police squads and military special forces, such as the violent defense of any dishonor to the ‘brotherhood,’ ritual initiations, permissible and impermissible behaviors.

In the criminal underworld, there is no honesty, since most members end up murdered or die in prison – often initiated from the mouths of their own in-group. As the old saying goes, ‘there is no honor among thieves.’

Honor has unfortunately degenerated even further throughout human history, while circling among the World’s false virtues. Honor has found powerful associations with group feeling and group cohesion.

Honor had attached itself to even greater social-cultural powers, when secular society began to esteem a person as Honorable – often through the deceitful methods of legal or institutional violence.

Honor addicted itself to Gain and Loss, Praise and Blame, Fame and Disgrace, Happiness and Unhappiness. Honor had become the fleeting, impermanent love and admiration of the crowd, the mob, the gang of cowards, the liars of history. Honor had transformed into privilege, the applause and public acclaim of imbeciles, and gave a free pass to unearned hierarchy.

The dissolute and untalented first-born son of a lazy aristocrat was honorable, while an honest and hard-working farmer who worked with his hands was dishonorable. The military general that attacked a defenseless city, and murdered thousands of human beings – just for the sake of conquest – had somehow achieved honor. The captured slave who had stood against violence through horribly sacrificing his own life – was somehow shameful.

The politician or tyrant who ruthlessly hunted his political enemies, and then spit on their graves horribly, even gloating about it – had attained great honor. The smug judge, backed up through well-armed police-soldiers, who always hung or imprisoned poor offenders before his bench – also reached the sublime goal of honor.

Men of Power who regularly abused their powers, all for the sake of their privileged egos – accomplished the Life of Honor. Worldly Honor was the sacred preserve for both illegal criminals and legal gangsters. Like everything good and virtuous, the Human Condition has always perverted them towards the extremes, dressing up rotten virtues as respectable vices.

Virtuous honor is honesty, sincerity and integrity, with respect for ancient wisdom. The World’s Honor, or Vice Honor, is respect with violence, maintaining group cohesion through fear, and an adherence to the hierarchy of the most ruthless.

The virtue of honor denies the self, while acting as a humble gentleman for the sake of telling the truth, with respect for one’s elders and teachers. The vice of honor is total ego worship, where the greatest murderer-killer-assassin takes the premium of fame and respect, both from his own murder cult and from the general society of cowards, followers, flatterers and fools.

Women also have honor, and all of its foundations are positive virtues. Woman’s virtuous honor represents self-control, natural beauty, coolness under pressure, intelligence, book learning with poetic mastery, spirituality, maintaining a strong family and home life, or devoting one’s self to the Holy life, and most importantly, abstaining from all sexual misconduct and public scandal – an impeccable reputation.

Honor also has an extremely important relation to History. Honor, excepting extreme stubbornness, and both as virtue and vice, wins over the minds and hearts of a People, a Nation, a Country, a Civilization.

Why is this? This Historical Mystery still lies unsolved. Some historical examples could possibly explain the connection.

In twentieth-century Latin American history, President Peron of Argentina was successful in his political-economic reforms, while President Allende of Chile was not. Both men were populist politicians that wanted to elevate the working classes of their respective countries. Peron and his wife Evita rallied the working classes to the streets and defied their political reactionary enemies. Allende used the same exact tactics in Chile. Both men possessed honor.

The differences between the two were that, in the first example, both Peron and Evita successfully displayed to both their friends and enemies, the charismatic honor of the National Strongman or Caudillo. Allende, on the other hand, decided to play fair, using parliamentary procedure and a state visit to Castro’s Cuba. Peron, the politician actor, always looked big and strong, while Allende sometimes seemed weak and vulnerable – and especially to the military junta that murdered and replaced him. All it took was a little CIA oil, which forced the wheels a turning.

Within nineteenth-century European History, the Emancipated Jew, or the Secular Jew of the Haskalah, began to elicit great hatred from the Conservative Right. There are many reasons for this detestation, but one of the main reasons was that the New Secular Jew, lacked the cultural façade of honor.

The emancipated Jews spilled from walled ghettos comprising the occupations of rabbinical studies, merchant selling, day trading and money lending. The secularized Jew soon jumped into the professions, the university, the parliament, the arts business, the newspapers, investment banking and venture capitalism. According to the Old Order of Europe, none of those occupations possessed the veneer of honor – unlike, soldiering, seafaring, colonial and church administration, royal service and land trusteeship.

There are even greater lessons on Honor and History, which come out of the Teetering American Empire. In US History, the Left always seems to elicit a terrible hatred, both from most American citizens and from the greater apparatus of the US government. The reason is mainly that the Left always looks bad in public, holding no honor whatsoever.

Recently, a new type of Leftist Movement has burst forth onto the political scene – Anti-Fascism or Anti-FA…

This motley group claims to align itself with Anarchist political tendencies, but when I was one of those white skin privileged hipsters, Anarcho-fools, living in a Left Coast City, I never remembered Anarchists involved in such a Leftist position.

I do remember seeing Anarcho-Primitivism, Anarcho-Syndicalism, Black Blocks, Tree Sitting, Class War Politics, Urban Squatting, Anti-Capitalism, Green Anarchy, Anti-Globalization, Vegan Straight Edge Punks, and its other extreme, Trainhopping Oogle Crust Punks. The Anti-Fascist Blocs only seemed to augment, and usually with crazy Communists and demonstrator weirdos, whenever a bizarre, racist group publicly manifested in town.

I have noticed that this group does not act with the typical ill-discipline as other Anarchist or Leftist types. They seem tight-knit and move quickly, almost in military squad level precision. Like Autonomous Black Blocs, they wear black outfits for concealment and mask their faces. Unlike the previous group, this group now carries light weapons, such as thin bats, defensive shields, sawed crow bars, DIY made chains, incendiary devices, chemical agents and small polyurethane pipes.

They are definitely in the demonstrations to commit violence and mayhem. They are not only present to commit major property damage – but to seriously harm people. Eventually, they will murder their political enemies. This is the trap lying in wait for them.

The sad part is that their actions will also open counterattacks against their supposed supporters, who actually do not condone such violence, such as tenured radical college professors and Left-wing Liberal politicians.

This political groupthink now lives imprisoned within its own boogeymen of Hate. They truly hate Fascists. They forget however that people often choose right-wing or left-wing populism because they live desperate, frustrated lives lacking any power. The Anti-Fascists forget that they are also frail humans who suffer, and therefore, could also choose this route. Instead of Compassion, they choose Hatred. Hate and Hateful actions eventually breed the Vile acts of Murder. Murder is murder. Unlike other vices, Murder Actions immediately explode into fatal consequences. Karma is real.

These groups now have military discipline, hate their enemies thoroughly, and are willing to use total violence to achieve their goals – but they don’t show any honor. They instead display the all of the vices of dishonor

The Anti-FAs tend to physically attack weaker people, such as women, beat on random people as perceived enemies, surprise their political enemies with attacks when they are not armed for a fight, and enjoy destroying anyone’s personal possessions just because they are in the way of their violence. Such fanatics also enjoy stealing, robbing, thieving and taking things from other people – and then set those objects on fire or destroy them.

These Anti-Fascist hardcores had better start taking political demonstration-protest breaks and begin training with firearms.

The Right, Their Fascist Enemies, however are waiting – and slowly building up their reaction… They are rightly playing it cool – which implies honor.

Once this cabal of violent rioters moves into the violent arts of cowardly murder, the Liberal Corporate, Mainstream Media supporters will also turn on them. Once the general populace perceives that there is an internal threat of dishonorable wretches on the loose – then the liquidation without mercy begins.

Honor, History and Hegemony work together. The most important public activity that any cultural, social or political movement ought to possess is the perception of honor, inclusive of strength and mastery, with integrity of purpose. Once a faction holds such perceived public virtues, then they have a good chance of succeeding in their political programs. The State refers to this as legitimacy. If, however, the political coalition does not control such virtues, then they shall dig their own graves.

As for me, now living the Dharma of the Buddha, I willingly jump off this brutal train wreck of worldly honor, with all of its hypocrisy and violence.

I rather choose Honor related to the simple virtues of sincerity, honesty, integrity and trustworthiness. This honor includes respect for my elders, parents, good friends and the sages of great wisdom – wherever they exist on Earth. The summary of Honor is Truth, the Goodwill of the Gentleman, and Compassion – for all living beings – regardless of political-religious-ideological persuasions.

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Through History I shall defeat all ignorance and untruths coming from the rancid mouths of dissemblers and deceivers. I shall even conquer all lies and False Narratives vomiting forth from the media propagandists who hide and obstruct True and Actual History. I am secure from the powerful who seek to destroy the Ignorant and Weak.

I shall Praise the Six Truths of History, and its Recurring Cycles, which shall never break asunder. As long as the Absurd Human Condition under Civilization exists, the Great Circle of History shall never remain unbroken…

My Personal Psalm-Prayer-Paean to History

I have learned a hammer hard lesson of life. History is not for the university, nor for some graduate school scam operation, nor for any lame cable TV show, nor for some boring, plastic glass, encased museum exhibit.

History is a Living Practice of the Heart, always led through the Mind.

History signifies Faith; a Faith that lives through the discovery of the actual historical truth.

History is the Armor of the Mind, which protects it from the multitude of Lies, False Narratives and Bad History. History also maintains a secondary Armor that shields the mind from the quagmires of ego-self delusions.

History is the Weapon of Truth conversing with the Liberated Mind. History frees the Mind from Official State Media Propaganda, while maintaining guard duty against the Mythologies of Elite Ignorance and Coverup.

Crap History clogs and drains around the jails, schools and universities, inside museum exhibits, and on the TV and Cinema screens.

All empires, nations, cultures come into being and then pass away – the same is true for the stars, humans, animals, plants – all living existence. We are nothing in the grand scheme of things. We make history every day when we wake up in the morning.

The Great Men of History have lived as the most powerful crooks wielding power over the weak. Anyone possessing power can act violent and deceitful. Such is the nature of the State. The powerful band together in order to commit legal violence against the powerless.

The Freedom found in History comes with Responsibility. Now that we know the truth, we must share it only when asked. We have to defend respectfully the truth, when we encounter the lies. History is the only Art form that possesses such power.

You have to fall in love with it – it is not for everyone.

One just has to possess that peculiar attraction for History; finding fascination in the stories, reading about the actual tales, telling the real History to others – even writing about fascinating historical topics. Only the Heart can move the Will to move. Yet again, the Free Mind takes the lead.

History does require a profound sensitivity to culture, thoughts, behavior patterns, word order significance, language, myths, religion, legends – and always stories, while searching for more stories.

The only way to access the hidden accounts is to read a lot of different books. The reader needs to write notes on the important lessons of those books – and then one can compose another narrative about such places and times.

The preliminary reading list for the budding historian includes general history books, encyclopedias, dictionaries, other reference materials, images, paintings, sculptures, other works of art, religious architecture, comic books, magazines, newspapers, language manuals, symbols – and reading whatever source seems available, and which of course, relates to the subject. An interested person can gather articles on the Internet through typing a subject name. The most popular websites are http://www.academia.edu and http://www.scholar.google.com

The Good Historian reads every source imaginable. He or she even investigates the Historical writers who wrote their accounts during a particular historical period, called primary manuscripts. If the historian is real good, then he or she can read on whatever connects to the actual historical participants, even finding out the names of the protagonists.

The historian thus visits private libraries, museum libraries and special collection rooms inside regular libraries. The historian also surveys the inscriptions and documents from the period of study, generally found in state and private archives.

History includes everything and everyone – nothing is thrown out – all things stay connected in some absurd, strange way. This is the reading portion of the Work. From browsing through a crazy amount of reading material, comes an underlying formulation of the Truth. Rather than starting with the Preface and Introduction, reading the bibliography and source pages first – are excellent places to begin.

Writing becomes a necessity after such a sacred journey of the Mind through the Reading Discipline. We, the historical writers, finally choose a selected Historical Period, which comes out of a Component Earth Region. We transform into travelers without actually moving.

The Power of History lies in its answers for contemporary times. Through understanding the Historical Past, one knows the reasons and conditions for the Historical Present.

All Factors have their underlying Conditions. There is no Original anything. Events trigger more Events and then History rebirths – it suddenly bursts alive once again. The Big Wheel keeps on turning. As long as humans live tied asunder to Human Civilization, implying urbanization, writing, reading and all of Civilization’s arts and technologies, then History’s breaths continue to arise and cease, come into being and pass away.

Those of us who practice the Art of History, do not study the dead, but the living ghosts, gods, spirits, energies and collective consciousness of times past, still writhing in agony inside our own contemporary times, all lodged inside our mental perceptions of memory.

Those who do not know History live condemned to suffer grievously for their Ignorance. They live with tight blindfolds tied around their interior brains. Their thinking is terribly disabled unto their own egos. They are bound, slave tied and have no escapes. Those people willingly Stand in Line for the next Rounds of Historical Slaughter.

As History breathes and spurts, and so it also maims and kills. The Rebirths of History depict Human Mental Folly in all its Irony and Ignorance. The Wheel of History just does not stop moving and the Dead Weight of Bad Karma poisons the next generation on the Ship of Fools and the Plains of Idiocy. Only continual change, rise and power, decline and fall are permanent.

All Humans crave the will to power, the power of becoming, and this power of becoming is the root of greed. The rich want more wealth because it breeds greater prestige in the world. The political-economic elites want even more power because it encourages greater fame and renown.

There have been many Military-Political-Economic Conquerors in World History, but they all had to die. They could not take their prizes with them and truly enjoy them in the afterlife. The Pharaohs tried in Egypt. But the grave robbers/colonial archaeologists blurted out the last jokes. All dead human weight transforms into the rotting corpses of putrid muscle, cartilage meat, dried and brittle bone sticks.

The Ones who have transcended this Human failing are those who have become the Conquerors of their own selves – the greatest victors over their own false narratives –  transcending their own histories. There is no Eternal Soul, nor Eternal Self, in the created nor in the uncreated.

History ultimately explains the Truth of Life leading to the Uncertain Time of Death. There also exist the tales of History’s Prophets who have supposedly predicted the Time and the Hours of Human Death – yet those same prophets had to die too. And so their prophecies have probably survived – but they do not.

Since we all must die, our physical extermination remains certain. This Truth leads us to understand the Plagues and Snares of past generations. We can free ourselves from the Fool’s Folly: the twin Hydra Heads of Ego Craving and Worldly Grandeur, and the Crazed Trinity of Permanence, Self-Immortality and Eternal Bliss.

History is the Armor against such Mind Madness. Those Sacred Realms of Mental Illusion and Fantasy have never existed, nor do they exist, nor will they ever exist. No Golden Age, nor Paradise, nor Heaven, nor Ambrosia of the Gods, nor Valhalla and Sublime Bliss all together, have existed nor exist. Gods, Spirits, both Malevolent and Benevolent, and all types of Ghosts, scatter and move among us; the Hellfire and Hellice exist right here, right now. History breathes inside of the Mind, from beginning to end. Endless ruins, tombs and graves fill the dirt, mud, water, grass and sand.

Once again, History is our most powerful Weapon. It fends off all species of Dissembling Liars. It corrects all Loquacious Fools strapped to Ignorance. It gives immunity to the Mind against the Deceptive Techniques of Media Propaganda.

History is the True Art, which possesses such power.

Painting can show an alternative reality. Sculpture can display an unorthodox image. Only History leaves Truth to Stand Alone, whispering the Silent Breaths on the limitless struggles for power over the path of true liberation. Even Distracted Minds hear the Messages.

The Art of History analyzes the Truths from the past. Such Historical Knowledge with Understanding will lead all to Faith, the Shield of Honor, and the Weapons of the Heedful Mind.

 

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I hereby, from now on, going forth into life unto my certain death, entirely renounce the modern ideology of Anarchism.

I no longer subscribe nor adhere to any Anarchist beliefs, views or opinions. I also fully repudiate and reject any identity as an Anarchist. I am no longer an Anarchist, nor will I have anything more to do with such a political ideology, implying any subset of Anarchism whatsoever. I will not elicit, nor have any more connections, nor any correspondence with whatever Anarchist political clique – from the day of publishing this essay.

Anarchy was however, a good working community system during historical antiquity, and it is still a good system. But it exists nowhere – nowhere in the entire Earth in fact.

Does anybody know of an Anarchy community that still exists, and that truly functions properly? Is there any Anarchy community that lives on total auto-sufficiency? This implies that they wholly make and create their own tools, clothes and housing, and that they grow all of their own food. Even the Amish Mennonites shop in Wal-Fart.

Anarchism was another stage of awakening during one of my past, constructed self identities. This political ideology no longer serves its purpose in my life, and most importantly, inside of my mind.

The Anarchist ideology has rather harassed my mind with fanaticism, hatred, extremism, rudeness, black or white, either-or thinking, stubbornness, nastiness, arrogance, judging others, anger and frustration. Life is hard enough as it already is, and there is just too much suffering in this melancholic world.

I now practice the Buddhadharma entirely. I do not want this pockmarked ideology with humanity’s vices invading my fragile mind space. I have found true liberation through the practices of the Buddhadharma.

Anarchism currently exists as another false political ideology from the mental garbage of Modern European Culture, (the 1700s-1900s AD). This sordid ideological list puked forth from world civilization includes Leftism, Conservatism, Liberalism, Psychobabble, Traditionalism, Judeo-Christian Morality, Humanism, Imperialism, Libertarianism, Nihilism, Socialism, Criminal Justice, Militarism, Monopoly Capitalism, Formalism, Cultural Marxism, Historicism, Modernism, Religious Fundamentalism, Statism, Environmentalism, Literary Criticism, Feminism, Consumerism, Structuralism, Political Science, Legalism, Compulsory Education, Multiculturalism, Scientific Method, Journalism, Dialectical Materialism, Postmodernism, Nationalism, Globalism, Communitarianism, Colonialism, Positivism, Fascism, Racialism-Eugenics, Futurism, Technological Fetishism and Communism. I might have missed one. I think the reader understands my point.

All modern ideologies have caused uncountable suffering across the globe. They hurt, damage, and even destroy the sensitive and the weak. They warp human minds, imprison life forms, and even cause their ideological fanatics to both intentionally torture and murder their so-called ‘enemies.’ Each ideology contains a little kernel of truth, and yet they all repeat intentional lies ad nauseam. All ideologies basically suck – Anarchism included.

Anarchy was the truth however – but it only thrived in the distant past. Once destroyed, nothing comes back to life. The same has been true for Anarchy. Anarchy had once breathed fully in various native, cultural communities around the Earth for thousands of years.

Urban civilizations, with their States and Political Economies, ultimately assassinated those Anarchic communities. Modern European Colonialism, Settler-Colonial States, (such as the Amerikan Empire), and European Imperialism together, exterminated the last holdouts. Most Native containment reserves in the United States now have casino resorts.

Nothing remains from World History’s ancient Anarchic communities. Even the desert Bedouin have to reside in segregated housing. We cannot resuscitate Anarchy back to life. We must let it go to the annihilation tales of human history. Modern Civilization with its technological madness has triumphed. The Native Communities of Anarchy have lost, gone forever, never returning, never again.

What is left of the so-called Anarchy or Autonomous political movements inside the actual Amerikan Empire ruled by Sociopaths?

We have some white skin privileged, Anarchist hipsters living in urban gentrification zones. With eclectic art galleries, art walks, artsy cafes, dark bars and ethnic restaurants, those ‘anti-establishment’ hipsters have become a part of the first gentrification wave bringing profit glory to urban landlords-property pimps. Yes, when I was living in one of those west coast Leftist urban enclaves – I was also one of those fools. I have realized my past mistakes.

This social clique tends to wear similar black clothes, and listens to the same punk records, from folk punk to crust punk. They love getting intoxicated, and enjoy attending public demos, protests, street manis with their mortal political enemies: the Leftists, the Activists, the Liberals, the Marxist cult sects, and other professional demonstrator weirdos.

What’s even worse is that some of them are just as intolerant, mean-spirited, dishonorable, ill-disciplined and rude as their Leftist competitors. They dress a whole lot cooler than the Communist wing nuts though. Does the Anarcho-malcontent club seem like a good group to join? Increasing one’s affliction through hanging out with such holier than thous is not worth the grief. I don’t enjoy spending my personal time with most Evangelical Christians either.

Are not we all polluted mentally? The answer is yes. The political economic elites are sociopaths – yet we would become just like them if we had possessed their political power and economic parasitical wealth. We are all prisoners of the human condition under civilization. We all excrete, piss, blow gas, erupt, create snot, stomach grumbles, phlegm, mucus and ear wax. We all march to the glory of Death.

And those Anarcho-agitators suffer grievously. They think that they can vomit up their suffering against those same political-economic elite enemies with bloc marching, and screaming, ‘Whose streets our streets,’ and ultimately doing minor property damage. This strategy has never worked, nor will it ever work. Nothing ever changes. Human civilization is only going to get a whole lot worse.

Meanwhile, the Leftists scream, ‘This is what Democracy looks like,’ or ‘Si, se puede,’ with their generic bullhorns. At least Anarchists don’t use bullhorns. I will give them that, and they don’t usually try to hawk those ‘newspapers’ or propaganda rags written by Marxist fanatics, as the Marxist cults do.

I am choosing to stay away as far as possible from all of it, yet I have compassion for them.

How could any small street demo make such a great difference? The demo will probably get on the nightly news – but so what? Those dishonest, corporate media dissemblers tend to love controversy, scandals and lies. Why try to impress such people in the first place?

What about the Kids on the Black Bloc? No, they do not inspire fear in the local donut cop gang. I even imagine that the cops like a little give and play with another small-time, urban clique of softies.

The big bad state gang, in Robocop taxpayer paid uniforms, stands ready to pounce on anyone that gets in their ways – and they have the Amerikan legal system to back them up too. If the Black Bloc kids would go one on one in hardcore cage match fights against the state donuts-tax base eaters, then that would impress me.

I do therefore bury Anarchy deep into the fiery pit of humanity’s ashes. I toss Anarchy into the refuse of the rotting corpses of Absurd History. I deposit Anarchy into mountains of fresh excrement, and well inside the putrid trash dungs of historic extinction.

The Human Experiment has failed and will never recover its past glory. Technology and the Bad Death have triumphed together. They only laugh at us now. There is no hope, no light at the end of the tunnel, no escape, no return to the source. All is done.

So how can we politically fight the Great Sociopath, or the Amerikan Empire with its capital in Washington D.C.? We don’t. We cannot fight them. We can only change our own behavior to practice complete and total non-compliance against human history’s most dangerous and nefarious empire.

If we free our minds first from ego-self attachments, then the true liberation will follow.

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La vita è breve e l’arte è lunga, (or in Bad English) – Life is short – but Art lasts forever…

(Ancient Italian expression – possibly from the Renaissance)

I’ve decided that art is just a habit-forming drug. That’s all it is, for the artist, for the collectors, or for anybody connected with it –

Marcel Duchamp, Dadaist

Os gustan las cosas por snobismo desde el momento que son caras. Quien tiene dinero es un hombre honroso. El honor se compre y se vende como el culo. Es como vuestras esperanzas, vuestras paraisos, vuestros idolos, vuestros politicos, vuestros heroes, vuestras artistas conocidas, vuestras religiones: NADA…

or in Bad English –

You, (meaning rich art collectors, rich gallery owners and rich museum directors), really like things for ‘snobism,’ right from the moment that they are expensive. Whoever has money is an honorable man. One now buys and sells honor for some ass. It is the same like your hopes, your heavens, your idols, your politicians, your heroes, your world-famous artists, your religions: NOTHING…

– Francis Picabia, Dadaist

What happened? What went wrong? Who’s to blame?

Or should I write, how did the Fine Arts transform from a magical discipline of sacred craft and guild to a rich kid, hipster identity stage?

Technology actually gave the coup de grace, or the final sword thrust into Fine Art’s plastered soul. If we want to blame a specific technological innovation, then we must point the culpability to photography. The Photograph killed the drawing-etching-painting guild magic.

Before discussing the history of Fine Arts, specifically, drawing, etching and painting, we ought to first analyze the other subjects included within the Fine Arts group. Ceramics now plays a double role. First, ceramic artists will often build large installation pieces, generally combined with other media, like metal or wood. Such installations are usually inside the Sculpture fine art world.

Most ceramic pieces tend to function as green eating ware for the organic-natural food market. Food Coops and natural food stores generally sell them.

Sculpture has successfully escaped the marginal art deluge, since sculptors are also often accomplished carpenters, architects, structural engineers, welders, builders or electricians. Rich and powerful investors still like those bulky bronze statues-public art works anyway. Sculptural installations also look cool in massive party-festival events, such as Burning Man.

Psychobabble ideology has stolen and bludgeoned the Art of the Mind from our World Religions – and most specifically Buddhism. The Modern State and Spy Master-Militarism ideologies have exterminated the Art of Persuasion out of Ancient Philosophy and Oratory. Global Monopoly Capitalism has annihilated the Art of working in a community for the greater humanity.

But this time, a cabal of elites, or elite art snobs, and who also use inconsequential, Academic, post-modern vocabulary, have tortured and imprisoned the open creativity of the Fine Arts. Around a little over one hundred years ago, those elites concocted the parasitical monstrosity of Captialist-PostModern Art.

They have done this through mastering and controlling four crap, urban institutions, all of which imprison the fine arts under the security codes of Capitalism. They are Gallery Stores, Art Investor Markets-Collectors, Art School-Institute Scams, and Contemporary Art-Modern Art Museums.

The intellectual support for this apparatus of greedy shame comes from the paid shill, art critic who defends the crap art for money with postmodern, meaningless vocabulary.

The entire pyramid scheme functions wonderfully. First, the Gallery Stores, sell only paintings, and rarely sculptures, which their wealthy buyers-collectors, or actually investors, believe, will hopefully resale for higher profits in the future. All gallery store owners are also wealthy individuals with lots of capital, so the flim flam operation benefits both parties.

If the artist becomes a celebrity artist, i.e. another Picasso or whatever, then the investor will resale the work, not in another gallery or an unknown auction space, but at one of the two famous British Auction houses, such as Sotheby’s and Christies. Nowadays, this is rarely the case, since there exist more self-proclaimed artists living in our contemporary world than queen ants forming insect colonies inside an entire desert.

This is where the Contemporary Art Museum Director sashays onto the rotten cabaret stage. The Modern Art Director finds some pieces of work, originally purchased through the art investor-collector-gallery owner clique, and so the museum chief needs to form a retrospective show of the now cool and respected artist, at his new museum grand opening. The museum boss hopes to attract those same art investors as his personal, regularly paying members of the new Ponzi business. Have you ever wondered why so many wings or sections of museums have particular last names, such as the Getty wing, or the Rockefeller wing?

Yet, almost all Art Museum Directors are highly paid, state-municipal employees, regularly earning their salaries in the middle six figure range. The Modern Art Museum Director can now double dip from both the public tax trough and from the wealthy art investor trough, while always keeping his or her salary and benefits as one of the best paid executives in the hipster section of the gentrified part of the city.

Contemporary Art Museum Directors, Gallery Store Owners and Wealthy-Elite Art Investors all clean each other’s egos. The Contemporary Art Market runs itself as a closed, elite game of passing the money between the rich, while the Art Market also adds an air of prestige and respectability to the previous fortunes of great, legal crimes.

Where does the Art School Scam fit in? The Amerikan University Monster has already destroyed both the guild system and technical colleges through its Community College Fraud System. Now students have to pay higher and higher tuition money, so they can learn the old artisan skills, originally instructed through master artisans, such as Barber work, Welding, Machinists, Mechanics, etc.

As I explained earlier, wealthy elites now control the Fine Art Market of painting and particular sculpture pieces. Poor students have to attend Fine Art classes at the same Community College Fraud System, while wealthier kids can attend Fine Art classes at the Public State Universities.

For those bizarre, elite wealthy kids, who could never fit in at prep schools, there are particular Art Schools-Colleges just for them, such as Bard and Bennington. Or for those students who consider themselves – the truly serious artists, there are exist thousands of private Art Institutes found across the United States.

All of these Art School Fraudsters have one thing in common. They charge high tuition money for years of course work. The students often have to take out usury loans in order to afford such instruction. When the students leave, then the School-Institute drops all responsibility for them. Those same students cannot find any decent work, or even any work at all – with those useless BFAs, or Bachelors of Fine Arts Degrees. Who said fraudster crime doesn’t pay?

What about the instructors at those thousands of Art Colleges and Art Institutes? Well, one needs an MFA, or Masters of Fine Arts Degree, in order to teach at that level. But there now exists a serious glut of MFAs on the Art Education Market. How to get that stable full-time teaching job? You had better have an inside hook to the administration.

The real jobs are where those administrator deans, assistant deans, provosts, assistant provosts, and presidents of the Art Schools-Institutes have their spacious offices. All of those skimmers make six figure salaries with steep benefits and even steeper severance packages, also in the six figures, just in case they have to leave. Art School Administrators also tweak the egos of the Museum Directors, Gallery-Store Owners and Elite Art Investors. Again, the Modern Fine Art Racket always runs circular into the rancid sink drains of unearned privileges.

There was one movement of artists that publicly attacked such an art fraud when it had first appeared on the historical scene in Europe after World War I. But the elite art swindler-investors just bought out some of the more outlandish artists. The art investors later transformed the artistes into Modern Art History Cool – so the movement lost – but the Anarchist spirit was still alive.

All of this rejection to snob-elite art had the name of Dadaism. Dada didn’t actually mean anything. This anti-art art movement was another part of the nothing, void, emptiness. After their sell-out, Surrealist Art birthed, often attended with Dada refugees – but some of those so-called starving artists also sold out to the elite art collectors, gallery owner snobs – and especially to the Modern Art Museum Bosses.

The date was an early autumn evening in 1919. The dark red-brown place was a dingy, red light, cafe-prostitute den-indigent hangout in a more notorious section of Paris. Dada artists would purposefully perform bad art for the unwary public. Black grained tobacco smoke and stale red wine filled the consumptive air of the den-cafe. Outside, a light rain hit the facade, and which gave the whole ambience a poverty-bohemia vibe.

The Dadaists performed music in discordant notes, read poetry of a few disjointed lines and suddenly walked off the floor-stage, others painted over prints of famous paintings. One artist tried to have sexual intercourse with another patron – in front of everyone present!. The captive audience, almost all of them, dada sympathizers, patiently waited for more marvelous surprises.

Dada did have its moments of shock and awe, mostly against the hypocrisy, horrors and mass murders of World War I. Other artists went too far with the shock. A few artists mistakenly joined the Leftist agitation of that time, and especially in Berlin, another bohemia-poverty enclave in post-WW I Europe. All of this political, avant-garde art agitation only encouraged the Fascists, Reactionaries and National Socialists to exact some revenge on the fag, cowardly, artist traitors.

Most of the Dada artist-bums were quite cowardly – and some actually fled to the arch-conservative United States during the second round of WW I, called World War II! Others just left the movement because the bad art was going nowhere fast – while another group had joined the Surrealist club, mixing Psychobabble, Anarchic libido and so-called hidden sociopolitical messages inside of their masterpieces.

Artists from all over Europe, and even the rest of the world, took on the Dada urge, and so there were no more bourgeois Impressionistic or Realist paintings. Marcel Duchamp exhibited a public urinal in one of his art openings; and even Picasso took a liking to all of the big middle finger posturing. Next, there was an explosive vomit of artist movements-ideologies ransacking old, decrepit Europe.

All of them exhibited subjective art stuff, or performance related pieces geared to the artists’ imaginations, or mental sufferings. The list has included Expressionism, Cubism, Pointillism, Constructivism, Surrealism, Futurism, Dada, Minimalism, Abstractionism, Anti-Art, Pop Art, and most importantly, Modern Art or Modernism.

Those anti-art rebels actually helped their own supposed worst enemies. Their lifestyles and art work often displayed a celebration of rich-kid, trust fund bohemia, drug abuse, or parasiting off family and friends for money to burn on partying.

Some of the bad attitudes encouraged lazy living, sleeping in bed until midday, playing chess or card games to kill time, spending whole nights of intoxication in cafes, pubs, bars and taverns, and ultimately, the hard life of arrogant poverty, ravenous scrap eating, multiple sexual encounters, recurring homelessness, and disregarding basic hygiene.

Some rebels refused to do any wage slave work, while others snubbed their noses at the regular idiots who trudged to their jobs every morning. Hard working artists did emerge from the group. But all of those hard-working rebels eventually had to bow their heads to the elite, rich bourgeois bastards.

Enter the modern art collector. Who were the first modern art collectors post World War I? They were often single Jewish women from America who inherited great fortunes, Gertrude Stein was one in Paris, and Peggy Guggenheim was another one in Venice.

The art collectors seized on the avant-garde, bohemian coolness of the Dada movement. They correctly understood that the anti-art art movement was actually a wonderful, up and coming art revolution – and especially for the growing industry of modern art museums, whether the Tate of London, Le d’Orsay de Paris, or the Museum of Modern Art, the MOMA, of NYC. New York City even became the premier center for Modern Art enclaves, with other massive modern art museums, such as the Guggenheim Corporation and the Whitney Trust.

What made an art revolution? It was something new and outrageous, something that shocked the conservative establishment, and while at the same time, artists had to actually live the authentic avant-garde, rebellious, cool spirit of art. The artist was not an accomplished craftsman – those were boring idiots. The artist was rather a wild, free rebel with money, a possible jazz music-addict-vagabond-bad ass!

The old, accomplished artist of forty years that painted beautiful, realistic landscapes was another boring loser – but a heroin addicted, part-homeless, art school kid with dreads – and who died of AIDS – was completely sellable. Marcel Duchamp, the Dadaist of urinal fame, still has had some of his works displayed at the MOMA and at the Guggenheim!

What also makes the final sale into the hundreds of thousands of dollars is the art critic parasite. This species of hack writer regurgitates postmodern prose into a vaguely coherent art review. Such pomo writers regularly use particular terms: canvas to assemblage discourses, spatial constructs, subjective agency, post-structural forms, post-colonial imaginings, self dialogues and the other, coloring relays, formative planes of place and space, environment-displacements-dislocations, range of processes, and there are thousands of other postmodern lingos that those dissemblers regularly use.

This postmodern crap verbiage mixed with trust fund, rebel kid, artist cool has completely destroyed the modern art world. There have been great works of art from the minimalist, abstract and constructivist categories – but now, most artist statements, work titles and even museum exhibit intros use this postmodern garbage. Postmodernism always kills the vibe – because it is meaningless academic speak.

The real reason for such language foolery is that it separates the uninitiated, philistine, right-wing buffoon, wearing the lame wardrobe – from the cool, pseudo-Leftist artiste, often polygendered, with multiple piercings, colored hair – and a super cool clothing style, usually black colored, which even runway models don’t know about. The horrid history of Modern Art does not end here.

During the 1950-60s, Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism began to make inroads into the Modern Art World of the United States. While the Amerikan Empire battled the Soviet Union for the Space Race, (through using ex-Nazis for the NASA program); the CIA had to do battle with Russia’s contribution to Modern Art, called Constructivism. The CIA, John Hay Whitney, (former spy-the Whitney Museum Trust), Nelson Rockefeller and J. Paul Getty, (both elite art collectors), pushed the American answer to Communist Constructivism – American Abstract Expressionism.

All of sudden, the modern art world uncovered its new modern art stars: Jackson Pollock, Willem De Kooning, Robert Motherwell and Mark Rothko. Their pieces later sold in the hundreds of thousands – and even in the millions! All Modern Art History books have special sections on those geniuses. And still the putrid story does not end.

After the Kerner Commission and Council of Foreign Relations pushed for urban renewal to put down the rebellions against the elites, the deindustrialization of New York City in the early 1970s happened. Many non-white, poor lumpens either ended in the prison gulags, homelessness, or died on street corners as drug addicts.

For many artists with white skin privilege and middle class backgrounds it was different. They would rent abandoned small factory floors as live in-work spaces, sometimes referred to as loft spaces. A massive community of artists took over the urban dead zone. Landlords went into ecstasies of unstoppable greed.

Suddenly, a horde of gallery stores, and later furniture stores opened their doors in the area. The next arrivals were eclectic restaurants, pseudo-European style cafes and dark bars of craft beers. The City of New York, which once considered that area part of Little Italy, the Industrial District and the Lower West Side, Tribeca, then renamed the section as a world-famous London area – SOHO, or the so-called, South of Houston Street area – and right next to the West Village too!

Next in line, Art Schools opened their doors around the area, such as the School of Visual Arts (SVA), Pratt, and the Art Institute – and even the museum gangs invaded: The New Museum of Contemporary Art and Guggenheim Soho! Most of the original struggling artists had to relocate to afford cheaper rents, a few got lucky and had their galleries sell their works for hundreds of thousands of dollars. This urban art-heart attack was a terrible precursor to the Amerikan gentrification Katrina.

Now, across the United States, the artists, most of whom possessing white skin privilege, have transformed into the official patron saints of urban gentrification schemes. This explains the love that those corrupt, third world dictators, or mayors, found amongst most of the Amerikan Empire’s urban hells, feel towards bringing in the artists.

Even small, loser cities have jumped onto the attract the artists bonanza. Now an actual corporation works with local politician crooks, called Art Space. This corporation redesigns buildings and then offers affordable rents to artists only, while the rest of the city population struggles under the slow murder of landlord-property pimping and extortion rate capitalism. Many property pimps also advertise their gentrified spaces as artist loft condos!

Once again, the Amerikan Empire of Sociopaths and Global Monopoly Capitalism have strangled Art with a vomit laced pillow.

Let us remember that we are all artists – and the elites can never take that away from us. Cooks, clowns, athletes, historians, writers, welders, videographers, drivers, baristas, gunsmiths, cleaners, builders and gardeners, and etc. – yes, those of us who love and create while working – are indeed artists – true artists of the craft and of the profession! We shall continue to work hard and to perform our arts to the best of our abilities – money or no money.

As Artists and Anarchists we must completely avoid those once a month urban gallery art walks. Yes, they offer free wine, beers, even hard liquor, and GMO snacks – but so what… Are we so lame that we cannot organize our own art space parties? If those few African-American store owners in the ghetto allowed such open street drinking – the donut cops would close down their businesses within a day!

Never enter any of those art gallery stores – nor could you afford their price gouging anyway. Most of the owners are wealthy art seller-swindlers. Those galleries are the second wave of the urban gentrification schemers, inclusive of furniture stores, cool-expensive thrift stores, dark hipster bars, high-end cafes, and ethnic restaurants with vegetarian options of course, always prepared by workers – without any legal papers to work. The rich always pay poor salaries to their wage slaves. Nowadays, no service workers live in the same area where they work.

Modern and Contemporary Art Museum admission prices are about the same as seeing a crap Hollywood movie at a dingy movie multiplex. Which would you rather pay for? Yet some of those museum scam operations have free entrance days and free artist lectures. Attend those free dates for your own enjoyment. Never pay anyone, nor any institution, to experience art – since we are all experts and artists within our very own particular fields.

And please don’t attend any art school or any art institute. If you want to draw and paint, just go out there and do it. Enroll in an intro to drawing and painting course at a local community college for the basic skills. If you want to understand art history, or a particular artist, then go to the 700 section of your local library – and read. It is all free.

As Anarchy is the natural order for Human interactions, so the Artist, like the Warrior and the Lover, live inside all of us.

When the spectacle is over, the artists’ stage is bare and naked. We have already spotted the lame and rotten institutions that have claimed a monopoly on Art. We have uncovered their lies and deceit, and so we reject their entire capitalist art project.

Power and freedom come from one’s own effort, one’s own work. Rejecting such elite cravings, nonsense and greed, we open our own studios – first of the Mind, and then of the Heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gun Culture Exhibit J: Firearms revolutionizing History & Culture

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Crap historians often relay the same boring and trite tales: great men, particular dates and life changing battles.

There are deeper folds within the trite tales, such as the history of pharmacopeia, the evil works and historical lessons of empires, the wrong views and institutional lies of religions, states and ideologies – and ultimately, the technology of extermination, often meaning the arts in the destruction of human life.

There exist three different historical methods within the arts of physical extermination, or legal state murder: torture, imprisonment – and firearms, or the technology of quick and brutal weaponry.

The firearm is one such artifact from our long and terrible history in the destruction of life. Torture works for any sadist, and the State has the monopoly on imprisonment, but the firearm is open to both the State and non-state historical actors.

Empires love firearms for the embrace of war and ideologies, while tyrannical states stockpile weapons in order to murder their enemies and destroy their own consciences. Then there are the regular humans who need them for both fighting against their own tyrants and for defending themselves from criminals. The firearm is however, somewhat different from world history’s earlier weapons.

The long list of ancient warfare has included the chariot, the horse, the elephant, the dog, the catapult, the supply wagons, the fireball, the burning oil caskets, the castle, the fortress, the ship, the dungeon, the siege machine, the pike, the spear, the crossbow, the arrow, the poisoned dart, the club, the moral law, the discipline, the courage, the spy, the battle organization, the battlefield dynamic, the shield, the battle armor, the paint, the gong, the trumpet, the bell, the fire smoke, the poisoned water, the difficult terrain, the cannon, the banner, the mace, the dagger and the sword.

The true firearm was only a modern invention. The gun, rifle, or hand cannon, with gunpowder and shot, represented a deadly gift from East Asia, China and Japan, and then grew in detail during the European Renaissance of the fourteenth-century, or the late 1300s.

The firearm was more of a thinner type of cannon, which shot hard objects through the combination of extreme heat and force. Both an infantryman and cavalryman could carry those weapons on their hips or saddles, and then hold them in their hands for combat.

The firearm’s goal was not just to exterminate life, or to cause grievous bodily wounds, but also to mutilate and maim, which often forced enemy soldiers to exit the combat fields. The firearm has been the great leveler of life destruction. The guerrilla can fight the state assassin. The revolutionary can fight the tyrants’ thugs. While hunting for food in the wild, the firearm has created an easier task for both killing animals, eating and surviving.

During the long historical reign of the sword, spear and pike, the soldier, and for many years previous, had to learn well and regularly practice such weapons. But with the firearm, a few days of instruction in the assembly disassembly of the weapon, the safety protocols, the cleaning of the different parts, and the practice of shooting and sighting in, could make a capable soldier.

There have been some firearms that have not only equalized the art of killing between unequal combatants, but they have also changed world history and culture.

Particular weapons were thus able to transform the battlefield through facilitating the victory of one violent force over another one. A certain group of those firearms were either more efficient in killing-wounding operations, or more accurate on the field. Others were lighter for carry and often facile for quick shooting. A few of those same weapons even had stronger durability during critical reload-release-shot cycles.

All game changing, revolutionary firearms have transformed world mechanical sciences and the arts of killing for the greater humanity.

We first travel backwards to the Tang Dynasty of China, around a thousand, five hundred years ago, with the invention of gunpowder for hand cannons. This great invention is still necessary for the firing of any gun or rifle. The ignited heat force of the primer blasts the gunpowder, (now inside of modern ammunition casings), pushing the shot-bullet out of the receiver-breech, through the barrel-bore, and towards its target.

The Matchlock Rifle was the first evolutionary cannon held by individual soldiers. They used them as smoking, volley fires on the enemy, (1400-1500s). Although Europeans produced such hand cannons, and especially the Spanish and Portuguese naval empires, the Japanese samurai would also use such weapons to great effects during contentious infantry, cavalry and chariot battles.

In the mid 1500s, it was not just the Protestant Reform that hit Germany. German armorers or gunsmiths had perfected the art of Rifling, where they cut grooves into the bores of barrels in order to achieve a smoother, more accurate shot. The basic problem was the black gunpowder filth that gummed up the interior bore, and so the art of gun cleaning also emerged.

During that same historical period, another German gunsmith had developed a smaller hand cannon, but instead of using a matchlock, which took a lot of time to load, reload and shoot, this weapon now used a Wheel Lock. They were also smaller than the matchlocks. In fact, they became the first mini-cannons or pistols. Gentlemen across Europe wanted such weapons, not just for military field combat, but also for duels – and even assassination.

Just in time for the English Civil War, (the 1640s), French gunsmiths had invented the great Flintlock Rifle, which was the final adjustment to the whole gun lock system. There was no match wick, no wheel to push, just a hammer that ignited the flint, and in turn ignited the gunpowder and ball. The shot was quicker, but those weapons were terribly inaccurate.

By the beginning of the 18th century, the 1700s, every European army was using such guns. These weapons had the names of the le mousquet, or musket, avec la baïonette, or bayonet. European armies would line up on a plane field, shoot volleys, and when the shot gave out, walk towards the enemy, called bayonet charges. European military tactics would never remain the same.

Eventually, even these guns and tactics also went out of style with better technology, but gentleman preferred the smaller versions, as the most excellent dueling pistols. Dueling continued well into the early years of 1900s. A true gentleman had his box set of two flintlock dueling pistols, with balls, powder pouches and muzzle rods, or barrel jammers.

It wasn’t until the early part of the 1800s, the decade of the 1820s actually, with the invention and common use of the Percussion Cap for firing muzzle loaded rounds near the breech, which had finally made the flintlocks obsolete. Soldiers could shoot to kill or maim in the rain – and duelers too.

A British gunsmith amazingly designed a pistol with a movable round revolver, holding four to six bullets. This weapon became The Colt Revolver of 1835. Military officers could easily load the cartridges through the holes of the revolver. It was a single shot with a hammer, which then ignited the primers of the bullets.

The shooter simply cocked the hammer, shot the round, and then the next round of the revolver was chambered. After the revolver was empty, the pistol man had to remove the casings. It was this gun that helped the created the magical and deadly Wild West in America.

The British armorers also produced the first accurate rifle, which would transform the American Civil War. The American Civil War, (1860-65), began with the old battlefield army lines facing each other, and ended with modern trench warfare of steel, blood and attrition.

This breakthrough weapon was the 1853 Enfield Smoothbore Rifle. The Smoothbore was still a muzzle loader, so the soldier had to squash the bullet and powder cartridge down with the rod – but the final shot was deadlier. The casualties on both sides of the conflict showed the effects.

After the American Civil War, American armorers had built, ‘The Gun that Won the West,’ or the 1873 Winchester Repeating Lever Action Carbine. This lighter, repeating rifle possessed a tube magazine with up to ten rounds loaded. With every lever push down, the magazine loaded another round into the chamber for firing. A good shooter could knock off around ten shots within a few seconds. Cowboys, braves, outlaws, lawmen, frontiersmen, farmers and miners, all possessed these indispensable guns.

We again return to our German armorer masters. So by the end of the 19th century, Mauser perfected the bolt-action rifle with sights for combat. This deadly accurate weapon allowed a trained shooter to insert a bullet into the chamber, and then close the bolt-action, and with just a tight squeeze of the trigger, the energy pushed the hammer to the bullet – and the rest was history. This weapon birthed the glorious sniper shooter.

During this same historical epoch, German gunsmiths also constructed the first semi-automatic rifles, all of which used an inserted magazine of rounds that fit directly under the chamber. Simply racking the bolt-action back, chambered the next round.

We end our historical story, with the Russian version of the semi-automatic and automatic rifle, developed after World War II, The Kalashnikov AK-47 Rifle. This battlefield rifle using German WW II 7.62×39 ammunition, and with a particular gas cylinder, heats up greatly during the firing process. Some desperate fighters have even caused flames to shoot out from the bore.

Yet, this masterpiece of destruction remains functional in whatever weather, or in whatever combat situation. It can shoot rounds effortlessly even if not cleaned in months. Due to its amazing livability, armies, paramilitaries and guerrillas have used this rifle as the go-to weapon of choice. It has even entered the cultural iconography of revolutionary combat, found on insignias and photos of guerrillas across the globe, and on country flags in Africa.

Human combatants have used their firearms to kill lots of people through the annals of world history. Such is the nasty story of the Human Condition under Civilization. This system of suffering and misery will never change.

Conflict also created culture, and the firearm, or the gun, represents a human invention, which has not only revolutionized the art of killing other life forms – but it has also changed our world culture, through both science and art.

Humanity has created great religious temples, yet who actually built them, and then who owned the property to use them – and had permission to live inside of them? Human systems have manufactured endless supplies of pharmacopeia, but who controls the markets to sell and regulate them – while who have been the ignorant victims of their scams and abuse?

Armorers have fabricated stronger and efficient weapons for physical extermination – and all states, governments and authorities now stockpile them. Yet, who often faced the other side of such weapons – with no weapons to shoot back?

Always remember this melancholic, historical truth.

 

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