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April, 2019

Magical Newton

August, 2017

Not the briar patch, Brer Trump!

March, 2017

A Serious Case of the DTs

January, 2017

The American Yeltsin
Sunlight Through Troubled Times
Beyond Zealots and Cold-War Warriors

December, 2016

A Vandal at the Gates of Rome

October, 2016

Are you conscious?

September, 2016

Brave New World?

August, 2016

Stop, for a moment.

July, 2016

Rupert's Coup

March, 2016

Between a Shill and a Hard Case

July, 2015

Swimming in a sea of sugar

June, 2015

Information Rich, Attention Poor
Nerds need to get out more ...

March, 2015

There is a homunculus at the end of the garden path

October, 2014

Welcome Home
Determination, not dreams
Addicted to GDP
Irony?Karma? - take your pick

August, 2014

History? Whose story?
Marketing Ebola

July, 2014

As above, so below

December, 2013

A time for tolerance

November, 2013

Thinking out of the xBox
The old ones are the best ones ...
Welcome to the Gulag

October, 2013

A timely response to spying

September, 2013

Obedience and the Machine
Ban the bible?
Fracticide - don't do it.

July, 2013

Serfing, USUK

June, 2013

Deafened by gossip

May, 2013

Who needs words...?

April, 2013

It must be true
Why would they stop?

March, 2013

Beyond belief

February, 2013

RBS: doing Fine, not Time
Pillars tumbling down
Trouble with models
A matter of perspective

January, 2013

Royal Promo
Boiling the Lance
Boson Brains Rule

November, 2012

Burning symbols

October, 2012

Charles and Jimmy's little secret
Happy Birthday
Beach bums and Magi
A Reality Check

August, 2012

A journey through riotous times

July, 2012

Caring for life
Not everyone for Tennis?
A banker lie? Unthinkable!

June, 2012

A cynical ploy
Collateral damage for The United States of Europe
Will you walk into my parlour?
Beams and motes
From one Jubilee to another

May, 2012

A crazy idea
The course of time
Sorry, Harry

April, 2012

Cracks in the Rear-View Mirror
A keeper of sheeple
Principled Policing
Say goodbye to Betty
Lessons learned
Causality and good news
Manufactured irrelevance
Corporate responsibility

March, 2012

Poppycock - without question
Who's pushing your buttons?
Investigate the Blair-Murdoch Conspiracy

February, 2012

In Praise of The Seven Liberal Arts
The real story
When giving is taking
Giving it all away

November, 2011

Poking a hornets nest
Wealth of Nations poured away
Squeaky and the Paedophile Prince
Boiling frogs
Death of an industry
Change blindness
What a world ...

October, 2011

Pictures and words
Screeching to a halt.
Taxing noise

September, 2011

Hand over your money
Breeding psychopaths
Mr Fox, is the hen house safe?
A ludicrous Conspiracy Theory
Can you believe your eyes?
Getting eye contact
Partners in Crime

July, 2011

It was the Wettins 'wot won it'

May, 2011

Heir apparently

April, 2011

Putting Emergencies in Context
Underground networks travelling First Class

March, 2011

Be careful what you ask for
Water - a tale of two countries
Here we go again ...
Wake up!!!

February, 2011

The right stuff
Revolution! ... and yet, and yet.
Follow the money
Shh - don't tell the children
Does the MoD have a Cunning Plan?

January, 2011

Met Office caught in winter weather whitewash
Read between the lines
The new parable of Noah
Banking on People

November, 2010

Wettins don't say sorry
It's just not fair ...
Remember, remember ...

October, 2010

Kindness sees no crime
Pundits in the frame
Killer drones target the middle class
A tale of two Charlies

September, 2010

A failure to discriminate ...
Good Grief
A rent-boy's rent-boy

August, 2010

Size psycho-fancy
Baiting a Wikid Trap?

July, 2010

... at the gates of Rome
Monday musings

June, 2010

Guilty - but not charged
Psychopaths at the door

May, 2010

ConDemned to the Shock Doctor
Driven by metaphor
Guns and Banksters
Death of Old Conker

April, 2010

Bankster at bay ...
Nuke Iceland?

March, 2010

It's how you say it ...
Bullying Manner
Quelle surprise!
Iceland - showing the way.

February, 2010

Small steps to a far place
Seeds of silence

January, 2010

So who needs people?
Late and censored
Freedom for life

December, 2009


October, 2009

Fools served by Zombies
BBC dogs that didn't bark ...

September, 2009

Taken Hostage

August, 2009

Have a good weekend ...
High Frequency Trading ...
Money money money
Fit for a politician

July, 2009

Inside clouds

June, 2009

Fond thoughts of Tony Blair ...
A good day ...
Midnight musing

May, 2009

aaah diddums
Zal may ...

April, 2009

Echos of a dark past
Sharks in the Shadows
Worlds Apart

January, 2009

Money Matters
Killing History

December, 2008

Home improvements
Get the Picture?

November, 2008

Barak - the movie

October, 2008

Won't get fooled again
Bankers, all of them!

September, 2008

And The Winner is ...
Light relief
A Financial 9/11
That's Lucky!
On this day

August, 2008

Mark My Words

July, 2008

The Management Myth
Sense Making Questions

June, 2008

Beware this Griffin
42 Day Folly
A Tortured Silence

May, 2008

A new Dawn needed
Is Justin Webb A Neo-Con?
The Puppy, the Mountain and the Fascists

April, 2008

Attention Pays

March, 2008

Fat Cats and Pork Pies
Fed up Darling?
Swearing - it's just not British!
Determination, not dreams   29 October 2014

Earlier, this blog wrote about the need to break free of our present cultural obeisance towards hierarchical control by an elite group of people. Giving up the unquestioning habit of obedience will not be easy. Like any negative habit, it will take an act of will to change.

The good news is that we have many examples from history of both individuals and communities who have pointed the way - from Jesus of Nazareth to the City States of the Renaissance to an experimental Community Company in Devon, England. But it is never easy.

Visions are brought forth from our imagination, sometimes small sometimes world changing. If we do not imagine our own life, somebody else will imagine it for us. All the world is indeed a stage, but most of us simply do as we are told, rather than direct. That is how we have got into the mess we are in today - by simply going along with a perverse vision which prioritizes war and pestilence over grace and harmony. A vision that treats pollution and prostitution as a positive economic activity and treats both nature and people as a resource that can be used up and then cast to one side.

But visions are powerful, transforming, psychological entities, and not to be trifled with. The reason that the USA, with all of it's economic and military power has so consistently and violently attacked Cuba is because the Cuban vision for society is in conflict with the military-industrial-complex vision of the USA. The last thing America wants is an example of a successful, people-oriented society providing, for example, a superior free healthcare system, right in their own back yard. A competing vision must not stand.

In nineteen-thirties Spain, peasants began to form local autonomous working groups - taking control of their own lives. These collectives were voluntary and classless. Decisions were made inclusively - anyone who would be affected by the enactment of a decision needed to be involved in the making of the decision - even if their involvement was not to be involved! By this process decisions take longer to be made, but once made they are implemented much more quickly and effectively. (This was a principle rediscovered by Japanese auto workers in the seventies and eighties and explained the emergence of the Japanese auto industry as a world power.)

The peasants were manifesting a vision in major conflict with the dominant culture. When you realize that around five million people in Spain were involved with these autonomous communities you can see how much of a threat it was to the status-quo. You may be aware of the war in Spain between the fascists and the communists, but you may not realize that neither fascism, nor communism present a threat to the hierarchical control of a small elite. They simply represent different ways of maintaining control. (Check out how J.P. Morgan bankrolled the Russian revolution.)

But five million people working together to build a classless, non-hierarchical society - now, that is a threat that had to be squashed. Which is why, as the Spanish Civil War got going, the first order of business for both the USSR-supported communist revolutionaries and the Hitler-supported fascist government was to get rid of the communes. Which they did - ruthlessly - working hand in hand. Then got on with the more profitable business of fighting each other.

An echo of this story is being played out today. Not that it will be reported as such. Like an American football team, the establishment looks ahead and has a book full of possible 'plays'. Ways of dealing with different situations. The 'plays' are just like the ones you might see in a theater - they have a narrative, a development and a cast of characters. A favorite character, used to frighten the naive is 'Hitler' : "ooh look Saddam is Hitler", "look Gaddafi is Hitler", "look Assad is Hitler", "look Putin is Hitler"! (What, really? come on!!).

Another actor is the 'Anarchist' bogeyman. We all know that anarchists just want to blow things up and create chaos - they have those pointy hats, cloaks and a little round bomb with a fuse sticking out. But that is an establishment perspective. Anarchists do not describe themselves like that, they see themselves as people who want a leveling of society, a more natural, decentralized society without the dominant hierarchical controls that we have now. To supporters of the status-quo this will indeed feel like chaos. But it isn't. It is actually how the natural world, with all it's complexity, including our own body, works.

The 'anarchist' meme has been important in discrediting the vision of the Spanish peasants. And it is happening again today. This blog is indebted to a powerful article by Adam Curtis, entitled 'Anarchy in Kurdistan' which illuminates how two very different men, Murray Bookchin and Abdullah Ocalan, inspired Kurds in Northern Syria to create free, autonomous communities - modeled on anarchist ideas. One of their free enclaves is much in the news now - the city of Kobane, on the border with Turkey.

This is where the story gets sinister. While the Islamic State has control of Anbar Province in Iraq and threatens the suburbs of Baghdad, strangely, the Pentagon does not seek to stop them there or in other cities which thousands of US soldiers died for. Instead, the Pentagon has joined with ISIS and Turkey in attacking Kobane. Of course, the narrative is that the Pentagon is using precision-guided bombs and missiles against known terrorist positions. But we have too much video evidence of the collateral damage inevitably caused by such 'surgical' strikes to believe that. The real casualty will be the city of Kobane and it's independently minded Kurds.

Sounds familiar? Remember remember - a countervailing vision can not stand - it must be destroyed, before it is seen as a genuine alternative. But this 'play' is losing it's power, it does not work so well for the majority of us, those who pay the price.

After a while, we stop looking at the play and start questioning the story. We start to reflect on the deeper message, on different endings, on an outcome we might prefer. Gradually the dream passes and we wake up to a different world. A world for which we are all responsible, a world rich in vitality, a beautiful world in which we can feel at home.

Reality is that which prevails. As we realize a new world, it will always have been our destination.

Posted by Nicholas Moore    6:03:42 pm