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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

Determination, not dreams
Welcome Home
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

Why would they stop?
It must be true

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
Beach bums and Magi
A Reality Check
Happy Birthday

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

Perturbations
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

Gifts
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

Kevin
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
Newspeak
Here we go again ...
Wake up!!!

February, 2011

Priorities
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?
Smokescreen

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

Liar
So who needs people?
Late and censored
Freedom for life

December, 2009

Patterns
Testament
Boy-friendly!

October, 2009

Fools served by Zombies
Webs
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
Magic

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!

October, 2007

TsarkoMania

Welcome Home   October 29, 2014

When we try to understand our history, we are usually presented with a narrative about a relatively small group of people: kings, emperors, churchmen, explorers, politicians etc. The impression is that they made our world as it is today. We should be grateful to them for organizing and directing our affairs.

Nonsense! Rubbish! Our world has been designed and shaped by all of us - anonymous people working together to solve problems, helping each other during difficult times. Since we first stood upright and looked to the stars we have needed each other. We could not have killed a hairy mammoth alone, nor staved off a hungry saber-tooth tiger by ourselves.

Together we created families, then extended groups and hamlets. Communities of all shapes and size were been built by regular, ordinary people. Together we created villages, and roads to join them, bridges to cross obstacles and carts to carry things in. Together we trapped animals, planted fields and brought in the harvest.

But that is not what we are taught. We are taught about the special, elite people - they are the ones who have shaped our lives.

For example, an English child might learn about William the Conqueror and the Norman Conquest. If the child is inquisitive, he or she might discover Norman achievements such as Durham Cathedral, with it's extraordinary Ribbed Vault. How lucky we are to have such an impressive heritage.

But ... who designed that style of vault? Where did they experiment? Who helped? Who actually built this Cathedral which has dominated the surrounding countryside for nearly 1000 years? I do not believe that William put either pen to architectural paper or mortar to brick. Nor did the first Bishop of Durham. Yet whoever designed and built this imposing structure has had a real affect on hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of people down through the last millenium.

No, the world we have built is largely a product of us working together. For the most part the small groups that have attained power over the majority have achieved their status by ruthless violence. Although Mrs Betty Windsor (Queen Elizabeth II) may look like an ordinary eighty year old grannie, she is not. When Durham Cathedral was built around 1093, Betty's ancestors had already been going for over 100 years. When you have held power for a thousand years, you don't need to wield it ostentatiously. But you do wield it.

These small, elite cliques are rather like a virus attached to a host. They feed off the good nature of humanity - taking taxes and tithes - using cunning and distraction to redirect attention away from themselves. They have become like a malformed sub-species - a psychopathically modified organism - feeding off the full spectrum of human being. Sucking out dreams, spirit, authority, money, intellect, social contact and even blood, from an increasingly drugged, sick and acquiescent population.

And yet. And yet, it is possible that we are developing an immunity to the psychic plague that these emotionally crippled people represent for mankind. In order to give up a dependency, like smoking, it is necessary for the whole person to enact a willful decision. It needs to be an integrated response. As you let go of something that has always been there, that you have perhaps used to deal with the horrid parts of life - you step into a new world. A world that you need to create afresh, with different rules and understandings. Being in that world is different from looking at it from the outside.

As it is for an individual, so it is for a community of individuals. To leave behind their addiction to the dominating controls of an elite few is difficult. It will take an act of collective, integrated will. It will not be achieved without positive communication - the glue that holds us together and keeps us strong. Stepping into a world no longer dominated by our present 'lords and masters' - the hierarchy of authorities found everywhere from kindergarten to the office, to the old folks home - will appear frightening. But that is just an example of Stockholm Syndrome - attachment of the victim to the aggressor.

We need to move from a centralized command and control culture to a decentralized world of autonomous communities. As we make the transition we will realize that that is how we got here, it feels natural. And we need not be afraid, we will lose nothing of real value. Perhaps there will be less waste and consumerism. But we still have our imaginations and creativity. When we no longer need to feed the psychopathic organisms amongst us, a great deal of energy will be released for more useful purposes.

If we look around at our world today in search of lasting majesty rather than fleeting pleasures, it is hard to find anything on the scale of Durham Cathedral or Notre Dame de Paris. But, if we could create such awesome buildings a thousand years ago - how much more beautiful could we make our world today - what with all the progress we have made in design, materials and technology?

What wonders and delights might we bring into being for the inspiration of our children and their descendents?

What is there to stop us from putting all our energy into transforming our world?

Other than habits of obedience, that we have outgrown and no longer need.


Posted by Nicholas Moore    5:08:29 AM
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