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Title page of "La Physiologie du Goût" ("The Physiology of Taste") by French gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826) with a portrait of the author. 1848 edition.
Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin


Brillat-Savarin cheese, the Savarin mould, a ring mold with a rounded contour, and Gâteau Savarin are named in his honor.

His reputation was revitalized among modern gastronomes by his influence over Chairman Kaga of the TV series "Iron Chef" which introduced to millions the mot "Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are."

Brillat-Savarin is often considered as the father of low-carbohydrate diet. He considered sugar and white flour to be the cause of obesity and he suggested instead protein-rich ingredients.
Sure enough, carnivorous animals never grow fat (consider wolves, jackals, birds of prey, crows, etc.). Herbivorous animals do not grow fat easily, at least until age has reduced them to a state of inactivity; but they fatten very quickly as soon as they begin to be fed on potatoes, grain, or any kind of flour. ... The second of the chief causes of obesity is the floury and starchy substances which man makes the prime ingredients of his daily nourishment. As we have said already, all animals that live on farinaceous food grow fat willy-nilly; and man is no exception to the universal law. Brillat-Savarin, Jean-Anthelme (1970). The Physiology of Taste
Eneas Sweetland Dallas wrote Kettner's Book of the Table, a Manual of Cookery, 1877, a treatise on gastronomy based on the work of Brillat-Savarin. Dallas published his book under the pseudonym of A. Kettner.


  • He compared after-taste, the perfume or fragrance of food, to musical harmonics (Meditation ii): "but for the odor which is felt in the back of the mouth, the sensation of taste would be but obtuse and imperfect."
  • An avid cheese lover, Brillat-Savarin remarked: "A dessert without cheese is like a beautiful woman with only one eye."
  • "The discovery of a new dish confers more happiness on humanity, than the discovery of a new star."
"Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are."

  • "A man who was fond of wine was offered some grapes at dessert after dinner. 'Much obliged,' said he, pushing the plate aside, 'I am not accustomed to take my wine in pills.'"
  • "To receive guests is to take charge of their happiness during the entire time they are under your roof.'"
  • "Cooking is one of the oldest arts and one that has rendered us the most important service in civic life."
  • "The pleasure of the table belongs to all ages, to all conditions, to all countries, and to all aeras; it mingles with all other pleasures, and remains at last to console us for their departure."

    Marie-Antoine Carême

    Marie Antoine (Antonin) Carême (8 June 1784–12 January 1833), known as the "King of Chefs, and the Chef of Kings" was an early practitioner and exponent of the elaborate style of cooking known as haute cuisine, the "high art" of French cooking: a grandiose style of cookery favored by both international royalty and by the newly rich of Paris. Carême is often considered as one of the first internationally renowned celebrity chefs.


    In his first major position, Carême worked as chef de cuisine to Talleyrand who actively encouraged Carême in the development of a new refined food style using herbs and fresh vegetable, simplified sauces with few ingredients. Talleyrand became a famous host during the Congress of Vienna - when the congress disbanded, not only the map of Europe but also the culinary tastes of its upper classes were thoroughly revised.

    Carême's impact on culinary matters ranged from trivial to theoretical. He is credited with creating the standard chef's hat, the toque; he designed new sauces and dishes, he published a classification of all sauces into groups, based on four mother sauces. He is also frequently credited with replacing the practice of service à la française (serving all dishes at once) with service à la russe (serving each dish in the order printed on the menu) after he returned from service in the Russian court, but others say he was a diehard supporter of service à la française.

    Works by Carême

    Carême wrote several books on cookery, above all the encyclopedic L'Art de la Cuisine Française (5 vols, 1833–34, of which he had completed three before his death), which included, aside from hundreds of recipes, plans for menus and opulent table settings, a history of French cookery, and instructions for organizing kitchens.

    • Le Pâtissier royal parisien, ou Traité élémentaire et pratique de la pâtisserie moderne, suivi d'observations utiles au progrès de cet art, et d'une revue critique des grands bals de 1810 et 1811 (Paris, 1815)
    • Le Maître d'hôtel français, ou Parallèle de la cuisine ancienne et moderne, considéré sous rapport de l'ordonnance des menus selon les quatre saisons. (Paris, 2 vols. 1822)
    • Projets d'architecture pour l'embellissement de Sainte Petersburg.

    (Paris, 1821)

    • Projets d'architecture pour l'embellissement de Paris. (Paris, 1826)
    • Le Pâtissier pittoresque, précédé d'un traité des cinq orders d'architecture (Paris, 1828; 4th edition, Paris, 1842)
    • Le Cuisinier parisien, Deuxième édition, revue, corrigée et augmentée. (Paris, 1828)
    • L'Art de la cuisine française au dix-neuvième siècle. Traité élémentaire et pratique. (Volumes 1-5. [Work completed after Carême's death by Armand Plumerey.] Paris, 1833-1847)
    • The royal Parisian pastrycook and confectioner ([From the original of Carême, edited by John Porter] London, 1834)
    • French Cookery, Comprising l'Art de la cuisine française; Le Pâtissier royal; Le Cuisinier parisien... ( [translated by William Hall] London, 1836)

    Pupils of Carême


    Carême, figure on right, wearing proposed new style chef’s toque, “stiffened with cardboard”

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    This film explores the evolution of propaganda and public relations in the United States, with an emphasis on the elitist theory of democracy and the relationship between war, propaganda and class.

    'Psywar' exposes the propaganda system, providing crucial background and insight into the control of information and thought.

    TV = Mind Control

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    'Human Resources: Social Engineering in the 20th Century' explores the rise of mechanistic philosophy and the exploitation of human beings under modern hierarchical systems. Topics covered include behaviorism, scientific management, work-place democracy, schooling, frustration-aggression hypothesis and human experimentation.

    Scott Noble, the filmmaker behind the extraordinary and informative documentary 'Psywar' has made another revelatory and important documentary, available free to the public, called "Human Resources: Social Engineering in the 20th Century".

    "Essentially", says Scott, "this film is about the rise of mechanistic philosophy and the exploitation of human beings under modern hierarchical systems." The film includes original interviews with: Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Rebecca Lemov (World as Laboratory), Christopher Simpson (The Science of Coercion), George Ritzer (The McDonaldization of Society), Morris Berman (The Reenchantment of the World), John Taylor Gatto (Dumbing us Down), Alfie Kohn (What does it mean to be well educated?) and others.

    Read David Ker Thomson's review of the film. He writes: It answers the significant events of the last century the way a glass answers the implicit questions of a man who peers into its reflective surface, point for point. It corresponds, in short, to reality.

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    The Power Principle
    A gripping, deeply informative account of the plunder, hypocrisy, and mass violence of plutocracy and empire; insightful, historically grounded and highly relevant to the events of today.
    This documentary is about the foreign policy of the United States. It demonstrates the importance of the political economy, the Mafia principle, propaganda, ideology, violence and force.
    It documents and explains how the policy is based on the interest of major corporations and a tiny elite to increase profits and the United States governments own interests in maintaining and expanding its imperialistic influence.
    Inside the United States this has been made possible with a propaganda of fear for the horrible enemies like the Soviet Union, Communists and so on and a love for “free markets”, “democracy”, “freedom” and so on.
    Externally (and increasingly internally) this has caused massive poverty and suffering, genocide, war, coups, crushed unions and popular movements and environmental destruction.

    The Power Principle - I: Empire

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    Rosa Koire, Democrats Against UN Agenda 21, being interviewed by Andrew Reinbach, Huffington Post columnist for an article on opposition to UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development. Reinbach baited Rosa, put words into her mouth, asked her if she was 'afraid that she would be tarred with the same brush as the John Birch Society', and tried to suggest that zoning and UN Agenda 21 are the same thing. Rosa resisted his efforts to marginalize her and the fight against this blueprint for world inventory and control.
    At the end of the interview Rosa asked Reinbach if he was recording the interview and when he said he was, she told him that she also was recording it. This is probably why he didn't quote her or mention her in his biased article. Here's the link to the May 17, 2012 Huffington Post article:

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    Secret Facts - Soviet & Jews
    Jewish Murderers Of The Russian Revolution. The third Revolution was the Bolshevik uprising in Russia, of which this treatise focuses. The Bolshevik Revolution was financed by Jewish bankers, led by Jacob H Schiff of the Jewish Banking house, Kuhn, Loeb Co. Jews gained prominent roles in the Soviet government.

    Next World TV
    How plastic bottles can lighten up the darkness
    A "light bulb" now exists that does not use any conventional energy.
    Introducing the Solar Bottle Bulb -- an alternative source of daylight powered by the sun. It is made from an old soda bottle. By filling it with water and sealing it into the roof, the water refracts the sun's rays and provides about 55 watts of light to a darkened room.
    This video takes us to The Philippines. The villagers are saving money on electric bills, and literally seeing a big difference in their lives.
    It can be built and installed in less than 1 hour, and uses inexpensive or recycled materials. The water is mixed with some bleach and does not need replacing for about 2 years.
    There is no shortage of green jobs for those installing the miracle light bulbs either. The installer in this video had to quit his day job to keep up with the demand!

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    [Editor's Note: This article is going to have to be an ongoing, work-in-progress, as it takes a lot of time to research, review, and rebut the "tsunami' of BS and disinformation assembled by a growing phalanx of Fukushima radiation fear promoters. For now, I'll start with an introduction to the main protagonists and fold in the writings of other critics and debunkers of the Fukushima Radiation Scare Corps. I'm sure there are many other radiation alarmists out there beyond the ones I've listed here. If you wish to review and offer your own critical analysis of any of the radiation fear promoters listed here (or others not listed), please feel free to submit your review for inclusion in this paper I don't have the time to listen to and analyze each and every Fukushima fear promoter and I would greatly appreciate the assistance of any motivated reader who has the time and inclination to help in dismantling the preposterous hype being put forward by these anti-nuclear zealots (greatly assisted behind the scenes, I'm convinced, by oil and natural gas energy interests). If you know of a radiation fear promoter who I should add to the list, please send me an e-mail. Be sure to read the Comments posted at the very bottom of this page. Ken Adachi].


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    Proxemics is a subcategory of the study of nonverbal communication along with haptics (touch), kinesics (body movement), vocalics (paralanguage), and chronemics (structure of time). Proxemics can be defined as "the interrelated observations and theories of man’s use of space as a specialized elaboration of culture”. Edward T. Hall, the cultural anthropologist who coined the term in 1963, emphasized the impact of proxemic behavior (the use of space) on interpersonal communication. Hall believed that the value in studying proxemics comes from its applicability in evaluating not only the way man interacts with others in his daily life, but also "the organization of space in his houses and buildings, and ultimately the layout of his towns.
    In animals, Swiss zoologist Heini Hediger had distinguished between flight distance (run boundary), critical distance (attack boundary), personal distance (distance separating members of non-contact species, as a pair of swans), and social distance (intraspecies communication distance). Hall reasoned that, with very few exceptions, flight distance and critical distance have been eliminated in human reactions, and thus interviewed hundreds of people to determine modified criteria for human interactions.
    In his work on proxemics, Edward T. Hall separated his theory into two overarching categories: personal space and territory. Personal space describes the immediate space surrounding a person, while territory refers to the area which a person may "lay claim to" and defend against others. His theory on territoriality has been applied to animal behaviors as well; defending territory is said to be a means of "propagation of the species by regulating density".
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    A World of Abundance or a World of Scarcity
    By Andrew Johnson
    Over the last 25 years, I have come to realise that the world is not as I thought it was. For me, the pace of realisation rapidly increased with advent of the Internet and was catalysed by the ability to do accelerated research and correspondence with people around the world.
    I write this piece as a call to all readers, researchers and activists – particularly in the “alternative knowledge” community - to realise connections – and research a wider set of evidence than they might have done up to now. I say this because I strongly feel there is a great need to raise awareness of the choices we now have available to us. I have given the title “alternative knowledge” to all the types of topics that are rarely taught in schools, college or universities but nevertheless there is strong evidence to demonstrate the validity of this knowledge.
    If we are to change our future, the first stage must be to realise – as fully as possible – the predicament we are now in. Whilst it is true that existing power structures and institutions will not acknowledge the truths discussed here (in any meaningful way), it is also true that the “alternative knowledge” community itself does not seem able, on the whole, to “deal with” some of the evidence which these truths can be deduced from.
    I now feel that there is sufficient evidence “on the table” to state, with confidence, that parts of the alternative knowledge community are being “managed”, in subtle ways, so that the rate at which information flows - and connections are made - is slowed down, or that same flow is abruptly arrested or even reversed, in certain quarters. Seemingly, confusion and fear is injected at regular intervals and “in fighting” among various “factions” is deliberately started. This can prevent curious people from discovering the truth, as they are distracted from (or do not have time for) peering “through the clouds of confusion” that have been wafted around. I have concluded elsewhere that one of the best ways to determine who is telling the truth is to focus on evidence – verifiable pictures, measurements, practical “real world” knowledge, volumes of publicly available witness testimony, data and video gathered even by oneself. Indeed, in science and in legal matters, this is (or should be) the way truth is established.
    But what is the truth? What is my motivation for saying all this?
    {Read more at above link}
    Communitarianism: This is Your Future
    The Post Sustainability Institute
    Post-sustainability: the condition of environmental, political, social, and economic systems after the imposition of Communitarianism.
    The Post Sustainability Institute was established to study the impacts that United Nations Agenda 21/Sustainable Development, and Communitarianism have on liberty.  Our intent is to track the progression of the Sustainability movement and to forecast the most likely outcomes if it proceeds unchecked.
    We are a non-partisan, non-governmental think tank based in the United States.  It is our intention to provide a clearing house for information on United Nations' alliances with non-governmental and governmental groups seeking to erect Communitarianism as the dominant form of world governance, and to serve as a rallying point for those who oppose the dismantling of liberty.  We welcome your participation and assistance.
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    Texas schools to begin tracking students with IDs embedded with RFID chips
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    The more science you know, the less worried you are about climate

    'Abandon focus on sound science', say trick-cyclists

    A US government-funded survey has found that Americans with higher levels of scientific and mathematical knowledge are more sceptical regarding the dangers of climate change than their more poorly educated fellow citizens.
    The results of the survey are especially remarkable as it was plainly not intended to show any such thing: Rather, the researchers and trick-cyclists who carried it out were doing so from the position that the "scientific consensus" (carbon-driven global warming is ongoing and extremely dangerous) is a settled fact, and the priority is now to find some way of getting US voters to believe in the need for urgent, immediate and massive action to reduce CO2 emissions.
    A theory exists among some psychologists, sociologists and other soft "scientists" that it should be possible to convince the ordinary citizenry to accept the various huge costs advocated by environmentalists, by simply raising the level of scientific knowledge and numeracy. People would then be able to understand that there is a terrible danger facing the human race and so would support action to address it. Certainly it appears to be a fact that very few people in the general public – or indeed, in various architecture and industrial-design faculties – have enough basic physics and numeracy to join the debate at all (as the recent rash of human-powered "crowd farm" generator projects illustrates all too plainly).
    Thus, in a just-published US National Science Foundation-funded study, participants' science knowledge and numeracy was tested and compared with levels of concern regarding climate change. The soft-studies profs were amazed, however, to find that as one moves up the scale of science knowledge and numeracy, people become more sceptical, not less.
    According to the profs, this is not because the idea of imminent carbon-driven catastrophe is perhaps a bit scientifically suspect. Rather it is because people classed as "egalitarian communitarians" (roughly speaking, left-wingers) are always highly concerned about climate change, and become slightly more so as they acquire more science and numeracy. Unfortunately, however, "hierarchical individualists" (basically, right-wingers) are quite concerned about climate change when they're ignorant: but if they have any scientific, mathematic or technical education this causes them to become strongly sceptical.
    As scientific/tech knowledge and numeracy appears to be more common among "hierarchical individualists" than among "egalitarian communitarians", this meant that in the sample as a whole the effect of more scientific knowledge and numeracy was to increase scepticism.
    Given that the profs had assumed from the start that scepticism is wrong, this forced them to the conclusion that simply teaching people more science and giving them more facts and numbers is not a good idea as it will lead them into bad (sceptical) decisions. They write:
        This form of reasoning can have a highly negative impact on collective decision making ... it is very harmful to collective welfare for individuals in aggregate to form beliefs this way.
        One aim of science communication, we submit, should be to dispel this tragedy ... A communication strategy that focuses only on transmission of sound scientific information, our results suggest, is unlikely to do that. As worthwhile as it would be, simply improving the clarity of scientific information will not dispel public conflict...
    Thus it is, according to the assembled profs, that the US government should seek to fund a communication strategy on climate change which is not focused on sound scientific information.
        It does not follow, however, that nothing can be done ... Effective strategies include use of culturally diverse communicators, whose affinity with different communities enhances their credibility, and information-framing techniques that invest policy solutions with resonances congenial to diverse groups. Perfecting such techniques through a new science of science communication is a public good of singular importance.
    There's something of a push developing in psychology, sociology and other soft-science departments worldwide for this "new science of communicating science", which is supposed to galvanise the electorates of the developed world into demanding serious action against carbon emissions and acceptance of the serious sacrifices this would mean. We've compared this idea before to Isaac Asimov's science-fictional notion of the discipline of "Psychohistory" - a set of methods which could be used to manipulate populations on a large scale*.
    This might be seen from an egalitarian communitarian viewpoint as a good thing, simply changing people's beliefs for the manifest collective good.
    Your hierarchical individualist, however, might sneer cynically – first at the prospect of a shower of trick-cyclists managing to change his or her mind on climate change by means of spin rather than hard numbers. The hierarchical individualist might also view the "science of communicating science" push as a rather ignoble attempt by the soft-studies profs to get a share of the climate change research funding bonanza that has poured into the hard science and biology faculties in recent decades.
    And anyone at all might be rather alarmed, perhaps, at the prospect of actual success in the matter of developing a working discipline of Psychohistory – which could and would surely be used in other areas than climate change policy, and would surely be a threat to democracy if it worked as advertised.
    For all that there's no serious likelihood of the soft-studies profs genuinely managing to pump up climate fear successfully where legions of activists and climatologists before them have failed, US taxpayers of every political stripe might very well quarrel with the idea of spending their science budget with the aim of placing enormous political power in the hands of the trick-cyclist community.
    The new study is published by Nature Climate Change here. ®
    *Though in the Foundation saga this was only possible with vast galactic populations of the far future, with humans as numerous as gas molecules in a pressure vessel, and even then it was necessary to keep the existence of Psychohistory a secret.
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    Our Illuminati Reality Bubble

    Modern Western culture is based on denying objective truth and erecting a false reality in its place.

    "We have already contrived to possess of the minds of the goy communities... [they are] looking through the spectacles we are setting astride their noses."
    (Protocols of Zion, 12)

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    The Hidden Knowledge of Heterosexuality
    By Henry Makow Ph.D.
    "A man will not care about something that doesn't belong to him. He should find a woman who is prepared to belong to him, surrender power in exchange for love. The woman is the heart. The man is the head. A creature with two heads is a monster. "

    Do Jews Suffer from a False Identity?
    By Henry Makow Ph.D.


    What Religious Jews Fear About the Internet

    …and it’s not what you might first expect. Or not only that. In a lively interview the Atlantic’s Jennie Rosenberg Gritz spoke with Eytan Kobre, an organizer of last weekend’s event at Citi Field in New York. Though some outsiders framed that public showing as a technophobic “rally against the Internet,” it was really more of a discussion on the pros and cons of integrating digital media into a devout, communitarian way of life. As Kobre concedes, television and the Internet present real complications for a people literally “of the book”:

    You’ve also argued that the Internet is damaging people’s ability to study and pray.

    Yes, and these are all things Nick Carr wrote about in his Atlantic cover story, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” He talks about how the Internet affects cognition — short-term memory and long-term memory, the ability to sit and read a book in depth, and so on.
    In fact, I was looking at another piece at, a blog post by Ross Douthat. He was addressing a comment by another writer who said that Google had been immeasurably beneficial to his research. It enabled him to have obscure volumes at his fingertips. Douthat responded, “The web is very good for certain forms of writing — the highly political and the highly personal chief among them — and very bad for others. … The Google effect makes it harder to write War and Peace, and harder to read it.”
    I was struck by that, because that kind of in-depth reading constitutes a large part of what we do. When you look at Talmud study, the study of Jewish ethics and philosophy, there’s a lot of complex stuff going on there. The ability to study those works can be undermined by Google and the Internet.
    [At the rally,] you’re dressing the same way your 18th century ancestors did, which implies that you’re rejecting the modern world.
    There may be elements of truth to that. But the irony is that hipsters all dress a certain way, and the whole point is to dress entirely different from everyone else. Orthodox Jews actually have the courage to dress the same way as 500,000 of their brethren. They’re the ones who challenge people by asking, “Are you deep enough to look beyond my garb and relate to me as a thinking individual?”
    Read the full interview over at the Atlantic site.

    The Irreligious Market Ethic

    By Michael Heller

    Do you know what the famous book The Protestant Ethic is about? Scholars of the twentieth century misinterpreted it, in some cases deliberately. Most people receive their ideas about Weber not from Weber but from Weberian scholars. So maybe you don’t?
    The prose of most of Weber’s writings resembles physics or chemistry in its precision, and abstract philosophy or postmodern critique in the turgidity of its composition. These works of genius provided various of the enduring foundational concepts of social science.
    'The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism', in contrast, is short and readable, quite unimportant, and impossible to understand without reference to his other writings!

    Weber was a complex bourgeois liberal intellectual who believed passionately in markets and law, meritocratic leadership, objectivity, and impersonal society. He viewed markets in secular rationalistic and evolutionary terms. His thesis was, if nothing else, a compelling critique of twentieth century ideologies. Given the combination of indispensable theory and unpopular ideas, scholars manoeuvred hard to take what they needed and hide the inconvenient parts.
    To cut to the chase -- Weber’s theory of ethics in market society is irreligious.

    It has little or nothing to do with “culture”. In his introduction to The Protestant Ethic Weber almost disowns the book by warning the reader that the assembled essays “treat only one side of the causal chain”. In The Protestant Ethic Weber was just warming-up to the marathon exploration of all the links in the chain of causes that create and sustain capitalism.

    In this post I will briefly: (1) disentangle the irreligious from the religious; (2) suggest secular factors that animate bourgeois business; (3) explain the vital economic double-ethic which preceded Protestantism.
    All quotations are directly from Max Weber:

    It helps to understand that Weber viewed the bearers of Protestant ideas who contributed to laying the ethical foundations for capitalism in early modern Europe as “social carriers of ideologies”. It was not a conscious delivery of capitalist ideology, of course. It was simply that Puritan sermons spread an ethos of methodical labour, honesty, prudence, thrift, deferred gratification, and so on, which coincided -- conveniently -- with the economic ethics of the rising business class. His explanation of religion as ideology emerges in the context of his general analysis of ideologies -- secular and religious -- and his criticism of contra-capitalist intellectuals. It implies the possibility (now?) of new secular ethical capitalist ideologies.

    The spirit of capitalism was “a sort of liberal enlightenment” that looked favorably on business success.

    There were “correlations between forms of religious belief and practical ethics”. Every scientist knows correlations are not causation. It would be “foolish and doctrinaire” to claim capitalism only evolved because of the Reformation attack on Catholicism and the rise of Protestantism. In northern Europe and the United States, Protestantism “helped to deliver the spirit of modern capitalism”. It was fortuitous circumstance that religious belief became an ideological carrier for the rational “ethos of the modern bourgeois middle classes”. Puritan sects were bearers for the asceticism and vocation for hard, methodical, and honest work that helped build the foundations of modern individualism.
    A Protestant style of life coincided with the “self-justification that is customary for bourgeois acquisition: profit and property appear not as ends in themselves but as indications of personal ability”. Religious ideas were expressions of national character during the European middle ages, but were equally a product of geographic, political, and economic circumstances, and of the growth of cities, law, bookkeeping, and science.

    Economic interests often lay behind the attitudes of Protestantism. Liberal enlightenment then rapidly stripped economic life of religious content. In the early twentieth century Weber declared the “religious root of modern economic humanity is dead”.

    A modern ethic of capitalism originated in “social premiums” attached to ethical conduct that resulted from the spread of market relations. Bourgeois ethics, according to Weber, are the premiums placed on discipline, production, probity, and cautionary finance, which were founding principles of early capitalism. In capitalist society, moneymaking and capital accumulation are acceptable if “done legally” as expressions of “virtue and proficiency”.

    Capitalists are driven by an impulse to make money, of course, but also by moneymaking morals and the “irrational sense of having done the job well”. You see this clearly because you know that “acquisitiveness” is by no means unique to capitalism and has been “at home in all types of economic society”. Let’s go one step further, said Weber: “Absolute unscrupulousness in the making of money has been a specific characteristic of precisely those countries whose… capitalistic development... has remained backward”.

    Having twice said religion and market ethics simply “coincided” we should now go further back in history to understand the birth of (pre-Protestant) market ethics.

    The key transition in the morals of economic activity is the gradual abandonment of the communitarian conventions of pre-capitalist society. Instead we see the emergence of universal economic norms. What are communitarian norms in this context? They are interpersonal rather than impersonal. They rest on relations of trust between persons in communities that are not mediated by third-party (state) legal norms.
    The main point is that a sharp separation between the ethics of internal transactions and the ethics of external transactions holds back the development of capitalism. Weber called this problem the “double-ethic”. Traditional society does not approve when people profit from transactions with other members of their own community. On the other hand, it may be permissible to engage ruthlessly in economic dealings with outsiders.

    Economic freedom within the community is deliberately limited, but external economic exchange is undertaken in an atmosphere of suspicion and hostility.

    If a community’s maxim is that “brothers do not bargain with one another” then it may be taken for granted that the “market principle of price determination” is absent. Nationalism, which Weber described as “the pathetic pride in the power of one’s own community, or a longing for it”, preserves the moral double standard of hostility towards outsiders.

    The transition to market society therefore requires a two-fold ethical transformation.

    1. The transition destroys the ethics that subordinate economic exchange to social approval based on status, kinship, ritual, prohibitions on usury, or irrational limitations on the kinds of goods that can be exchanged.

    2. The ethic that legitimizes cheating in exchange with people outside the community is eliminated. A condition of capitalist transition in the Western world, explained Weber, was a “lifting of the barrier between the internal and external economy, between internal and external ethics, and the entry of commercial principles into the internal economy”.

    The marketplace breaks down all economically irrational ethics and forms of rulership that are obstacles to free exchange. Commercial principles are applied in the internal economy, while ethics of fair dealing are preserved and extended to the external economy.

    Weber argued that when a market can “follow its own autonomous tendencies” it creates impersonal communities where economic behaviour is no longer oriented to brotherhood but rather to matter-of-fact calculation of profits, exchange, competitive survival. The ruling principle is “honesty is the best policy”. Honesty is the reputation mechanism encouraging repetition of exchange knowing that promises were kept and may be kept in the future.

    To sum up:

    Protestantism unintentionally performed the ideological function of legitimizing the acquisition of wealth through property and profit-making at a critical moment in the northern European transition to capitalism. Social premiums on personal self-control that regulated the conditions for religious salvation complemented the economic premiums that motivated entrepreneurs who seized the opportunity to become competitive on the eve of the industrial revolution. Equivalent ‘premiums’ soon spread to law and government.

    This is not the end of the story! The next stage in the ethical transition was the industrial revolution and secular entrepreneurial innovation. That needs a post of its own.

    Credits: References for all the above are in my book on capitalism and development. That's not a plug, just a reference!
    The Passionate Attachment
    In his farewell address to the people of the United States, George Washington warned that:
        “… A passionate attachment of one Nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite Nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest, in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter, without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite Nation of privileges denied to others, which is apt doubly to injure the Nation making the concessions; by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained; and by exciting jealousy, ill-will, and a disposition to retaliate, in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld. And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens, (who devote themselves to the favorite nation,) facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity; gilding, with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation.”

    The aim of this political weblog is to inform about the “variety of evils” that ensue from America’s (and some other countries’) passionate attachment to Israel.

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    Revolt of the Plebs


    Assassination monopoly
    They murdered 8 U.S. presidents, 5 Russian czars, the kings of England, France and many other countries, and are still killing.
    Who are they?

    Remember my children, that all the Earth must belong to us Jews, and that the Gentiles, being mere excrements of animals, must possess nothing.
    — Mayer Amschel Rothschild on his deathbed, 1812

    By John Kaminski

    The official history of presidential assassinations depicts them as random events performed by lone nuts who blow their tops and start shooting. But when we look at the pattern of murdered U.S. presidents, a disturbing pattern emerges.
    All the U.S. presidents who died in office were all killed by the same mysterious people for the same mysterious reason — control of the money supply.
    John F. Kennedy, in 1963, was jacked for challenging the hegemony of Israel, the mob, and the Federal Reserve; William McKinley, in 1900, was gut shot for opposing creation of the Federal Reserve; James Garfield, in 1881, was shot in the back shortly after uttering the assessment that bankers controlled everything; and Abraham Lincoln, in 1865, was unceremoniously terminated for creating an independent currency, as Kennedy did a century later.
    In addition to the four well-known murders of American presidents, four other assassinations — William Henry Harrison (1841), Zachary Taylor (1850), Warren Harding (1926), and Franklin Roosevelt (1945) — are well documented outside the mainstream record of history, which is controlled by the people who hire these assassins.
    All were liquidated for opposing the plans of the international bankers who have controlled the world since history began.
    When you correlate the corpses of national leaders and their cause of death to their public statements, you discover the identity of the killers in every single case is Jewish, even if the actual assassins are non-Jewish proxies. This even includes the killing of promising presidential candidate Huey Long in 1935, by a Jewish doctor named Carl Weiss.

    When it comes to non-presidential assassinations committed by Jews, the numbers run into the thousands. Some significant Judeo hits, all of which involved control of the money supply or suppression of other Jewish crime schemes, include Rep. Lewis McFadden in 1933, Treasury Secretary James Forrestal in 1949, and pop superstar Michael Jackson in 2009, all for trying to warn us about the Jewish takeover of the world.

    But this horrible phenomenon extends far beyond the United States.

    Four of five Russian czars of the 19th century (as well as a fifth in 1917) were assassinated by Jews — the same perfect record Jews own with American presidents.
    Track this recurring political tool back as far as you like in history and you'll find the same circumstances pertain to the assassinations of King Charles I of England and King Louis XVI of France, as well as innumerable kings of countless other countries, as far back in history as you care to look.


    The first attempted U.S. presidential assassination occurred in 1835, when our 7th president, Andrew Jackson, successfully shut down the national bank, by which the European Jewish bankers controlled America. Would be assassin Richard Lawrence fired twice, but both shots misfired. Jackson promptly beat him with his cane.

    Assassination No 1.

    1841: WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON, our 9th president, killed by doctors.

    An official report at the time stated Harrison died not of pneumonia, which is the mainstream story, but really died from the treatment he was subjected to for “an ordinary winter cold.” In the Currier lithograph depicting Harrison's death bed scene, Daniel Webster is shown giving an enthusiastic thumbs up. The August 1841 edition of the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, published just a few months after Harrison’s death, suggests that it was the medical treatment that Harrison received, and not any virus or bacteria, which caused his demise. Vice President Tyler then broke all Harrison's campaign promises and became a pariah to both parties.

    Assassination No. 2.

    1850: ZACHARY TAYLOR, our 12th president, poisoned by a bowl of cherries and milk.

    Hero general of the Mexican war, Taylor disagreed with the Democrats over the concept of a strong national bank and opposed the extension of slavery. They exhumed Taylor's body in 1991 and found traces of arsenic in his bones. Vice President Fillmore reversed all his policies. Remember, 1848 was the year Karl Marx wrote the Communist Manifesto and didn't mention the Rothschilds.

    Assassination No. 3.

    1865: ABRAHAM LINCOLN, our 16th president, was shot in the head

    and murdered in Ford's Theater, Washington. The popular mainstream version is that Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth (a Jew) for opposing the plans of Rothschild bankers who were funding the Confederacy. Alternative versions of the story include the Jesuits had him killed out of revenge, Secretary of State Edwin Stanton arranged it, and the Lincoln was really the son of a North Carolina Jew named Springsteen. The key fact seems to be the Greenbacks currency Lincoln created when the bankers wanted 36 percent interest on loans to finance the North in the War Between the States.

    Assassination No. 4.

    1881: JAMES GARFIELD, our 20th president, shot down in a Washington railroad station,

    after saying bankers ran everything from behind the scenes. "Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce." Two weeks later, Garfield was shot in the back by a delusional named Charles Guiteau, who supposedly was miffed about not being named ambassador to France. By the time Garfield died after 2 1/2 months of agony, his doctors had turned a three-inch-deep, harmless wound into a 20-inch-long contaminated canyon stretching from his ribs to his groin and oozing more pus each day. After Garfield's death his physicians submitted a bill of $85,000 to the Senate. The Senators authorized a payment of only $10,000. Many of them referred to the doctors as quacks.

    Assassination No. 5.

    1900: WILLIAM McKINLEY, our 25th president, shot at point blank range in Buffalo, N.Y.

    by a Jewish anarchist who got his gun from the notorious Emma Goldman in a Brooklyn Workingman's Hall. Polish Jew Leon Czolgosz pumped two slugs into the president's stomach at the World's Fair while the president shook hands with citizens. Afterwards, a speech by Goldman was found in the assassin's pocket. Bro. Nathanael Kapner writes: " . . . McKinley was known as a “hard money” man. This was because he advocated a gold standard. Unlike his opponent, William Jennings Bryan, McKinley was against “easy money” with no backing — printed by Jewish lenders at interest to the borrower — namely the US government. But by fighting against “easy money,” (translate Jew-coined & printed-at-interest money) McKinley sealed his death warrant. A death warrant signed, sealed, and delivered by the powerful House Of Rothschild, criminals in bankers’ suits."

    Assassination No. 6.

    1923: WARREN G. HARDING, our 29th president, died in San Francisco after being poisoned

    for opposing Simon Guggenheim's oil-related land grab in Alaska. Robust and healthy at age 57, Harding was the first U.S. president to visit Alaska. On the way back, he developed food poisoning. After lingering for a week in a San Francisco hotel room, he suddenly died. Four doctors attending to him could not agree on his cause of death. He was embalmed within the hour. Rumors blamed his jealous wife for avenging her husband's infidelity, but Harding is most infamous for his complicity in the Teapot Dome scandal, after which his Interior secretary Albert Fall went to jail for selling multibillion dollar oil rights to oilman Harry Sinclair.

    Assassination No. 7

    1945: FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT, our 32nd president, was murdered by his top adviser,

    Henry Morgenthau, for refusing to drop atomic bombs on Japan and his alleged reluctance to support the creation of the state of Israel. One week before his death, in a letter dated April 5, 1945, Roosevelt promised King Saud that he, as president of the United States, would take no hostile action against the Arabs and that the United States would not change its basic policy toward the Palestine issue without prior consultations with both Arabs and Jews. Roosevelt's policy was reversed by his successor, Harry Truman, who later recognized the State of Israel 11 minutes after it declared itself a nation.

    Other numerous reports claimed FDR shot himself. “My mother always claimed that she was shopping in Bloomingdales in NYC at the time the news of FDR's death was announced. She said that the announcement over the store intercom that day, right after it happened, clearly stated that he'd shot himself in the head. She also said that not long after, the story given out by the news media suddenly changed to his death having been of natural causes."

    Assassination No. 8

    1963: JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY, our 34th president, gunned down in Dallas by multiple unknown assailants.

    The nation's only Catholic president, Kennedy was snuffed by a corrupt coalition of many (including Lyndon Johnson and George H.W. Bush) for Israel, the mob and the Federal Reserve. Jennifer Lake writes: "Suggested reading on the JFK assassination: the book FINAL JUDGEMENT by Michael Collins Piper (downloadable)

    Piper makes a case that JFK was thwarting the nuclear-weapons ambition of Israel. He writes “Israel achieved its nuclear weapons capabilities precisely because of the assassination of President Kennedy.” He notes an American Free Press headline: “New Evidence Ties Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Program to the New Orleans Connection in the JFK Conspiracy“." And then there was also the not-so-little matter of his creating currency in an attempt to disempower the Federal Reserve."

    In addition, there were failed assassination attempts against presidents Andrew Johnson, Theodore Roosevelt, FDR, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan, all attributed to 'lone nuts.'
    But this well-documented historical pattern of Jewish homicidal mania against leaders who refused to knuckle under to bribes and blackmail extends across much of the world throughout history.
    After the U.S., the second-most glaring example of the persistence of Jewish killers is what happened to Russia in the 1800s. Jewish anarchists killed all but one of five Russian czars in the 19th century, and culminated their murderous rampage by butchering the last czar and his whole family during the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917, which was wholly the work of Jews funded by well-known Jewish bankers, principally Jacob Schiff, an agent of the Rothschilds.

    1801: PAUL I

    Catherine the Great was a German woman who engineered the killing of her husband Tsar Peter III and birthed Paul, whose father was her court lover. Paul first married the daughter of the Landgrave of Hesse, who furnished troops to England to suppress the American revolution. Nevetheless, Paul was a sincere king, who was eventually killed by his mother's corrupt co-conspirators, as well as his own son. His big mistake appears to have been changing the rules of succession, depriving the nobility of its privileges, and prohibiting women from ever again being named monarch.

    1825: ALEXANDER I

    Catherine's favorite grandson conspired in the murder of his father and, according to official records eventually died of typhus. But Count Cherep Spirodovich reveals that he was poisoned during a lunch with Jews, and never recovered. (p. 114, The Hidden Hand). Shortly thereafter, Nathan Rothschild tried to foment revolution in Russia, as his children did in 1830 and 1855.

    1855: NICHOLAS I

    England, France and Germany (by this time, all taken over by Jews: Disraeli in England, the poseur Napoleon III in France, and Bismarck in Germany) all joined together to prosecute the Crimean War in the south of Russia. It failed, but two years later, the czar, who had been called a demigod by a number of English writers, was poisoned by his own Jewish doctor.

    1881: ALEXANDER II

    Perhaps the saddest of all was the fate of a handsome prince known as the Tsar Liberator. He freed the Russian serfs in 1861, four years before Lincoln did the same. Most notably, he answered President Lincoln's call for help and sent ships to San Francisco and New York to help save the Union during the War Between the States. Later he gave Alaska to the U.S. for practically nothing. He survived seven assassination attempts before being blown up by the Jews he did his level best to liberate. And it took two bombs to do it: while Alexander was riding in his carriage, a bomb went off devastating a whole neighborhood. The king leapt out to help the survivors, and as he did, another bomb killed him.

    1917: NICHOLAS II

    Russia's last czar and his family were foully murdered by the Jews who were sent from America by the Jewish banker Jacob Schiff. It was the same thing the Jews had done to Russia for hundreds of years, only this time they succeeded in taking over the whole country. They created the Soviet Union, which killed 66 million Russian natives. The moral nature of Judaism is so insane that almost a hundred years after the man called a demigod, Nicholas I, was poisoned by his Jewish doctor, the very savage who killed more Russians than any other, Joseph Stalin, was himself poisoned by a Jewish doctor when he was of no more use to the Hidden Hand.
    In practically every nation on this Earth, the Jewish Hidden Hand has killed legitimate leaders and replaced them with Rothschild-manipulated phonies. This story does not even include most of the world and the sabotage of legitimate governments and monarchies. The list would be too long for one story.
    As much as I'd like to write more about the Jewish subversion of the 500 year old Habsburg Dynasty, or the intrigues of ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt, let's just consider two more signal examples of this unending Jewish murder scheme.


    The ugliest revolution of all was the French Revolution, in which people all over France killed each other for reasons they themselves did not understand (a situation about to happen today in the United States). International Jewish money-lenders plotted and planned the Great French Revolution of 1789, exactly the same way as they had plotted and planned and financed the English Revolution of 1640-1649. The descendants of these same International Jewish Financiers have been The Secret Power behind every war and revolution from 1789 onwards. The king and his wife, the much maligned but throughly slandered Marie Antoinette, were eventually beheaded by Rothschild's subversives, and France has never been the same since. A recent president of France, Sarkozy, was an actual CIA Mossad agent.


    Jews were expelled from England in 1290, both for typical usurious criminality and for killing Christian children and draining them of their blood for Talmudic rituals. But in the 1600s, Dutch Jewish bankers bribed Oliver Cromwell to overthrow a weak King Charles I, and by manipulating the parliament, Cromwell succeeded. Charles was beheaded. The financial takeover of the world by Jews had begun, and the principal Jewish criminals of the world set up shop in the City of London, where they now coordinate the ruination and enslavement of the entire world.

    Count Cherep-Spirodovich, who had been a major general in the czar's army, reveals many things in his 1926 book, "The Secret World Government, or 'The Hidden Hand'". Among those secrets were:
    "The first Jesuits were Jews; that mysterious Russian Diplomacy, which so alarms Western Europe, is organised and carried on by Jews ; that mighty revolution (of 1848) which is at this moment preparing in Germany, is entirely developing under the auspices of Jews, who almost monopolise the professional chairs of Germany".
    "From all these numerous proofs that the Jews are the organizers of all the bloodshed, as CHRIST pointed it out (St. John, VIII,44) could we not deduce without the smallest doubt, that it will be Jews, who will plunge the United States into an ocean of blood in the nearest future, unless the Americans open their eyes and drop their blind groundless optimism…."
    "Since the American Revolution the Jews have also been the real rulers of America and their power is constantly growing and becomes deadly in every sense, as the Jews themselves confirm it."
    So there you have the basic story of the greatest assassins the world has ever known, who have destroyed all the great nations of the world by their manipulations and corruptions. Today, under the white noise coma of public media completely controlled by Jews, we have two U.S. presidential candidates whose staff are dominated by warmongering Israeli Jews and corrupt Hebrew bankers. The world has been poisoned, and most societies destroyed, by the most evil people ever to walk the Earth — Talmudic Jews.
    Until the Jews are utterly destroyed, and all traces of their perfidy and perversions totally erased, the world will never know peace.

    John Kaminski is a writer who lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida, constantly trying to figure out why we are destroying ourselves, and pinpointing a corrupt belief system as the engine of our demise. Solely dependent on contributions from readers, please support his work by mail: 250 N. McCall Rd. #2, Englewood FL 34223 USA.

    Principal footnotes
    • Major General Count Cherep-Spirodovich,
    The Secret World Government, or 'The Hidden Hand',

    Sons of Liberty Books, ISBN: 0-89562-166-5

    • William Guy Carr, Pawns in the Game

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    Q. What is the Demiurge?

    As you’ve probably figured out by now, my little site isn’t intended as an historical discussion about what groups thought about the literature. There’s a ton of good info out there about the Demiurge, and I highly recommend perusing the (non-ridiculous) literature (a clue: go to a library, or find somebody with a JSTOR membership and dig out the MOST RECENT articles).  This discussion will be more theoretical, and concerns my own little system of thought. Your mileage may vary.

    Since the beginning of its conceptualization, no character in Gnostic mythology is more divisive than the Demiurge, Saklas, Yaldabaoth, “Jehovah.” The theory of an imperfect, intermediary deity who participated in the act of creation– a deity often described in derogatory terms– isn’t the easiest conceit to discuss within the context of monotheism, even though the Gnostic idea of God definitely fits the bill. There *is* only One God, it’s just that some of us have the wrong idea about which God is the One. This makes for some uncomfortable discussions when you go around talking about, for instance, the Marcionite Demiurge, who is basically one-to-one with the wrathful God as represented in Genesis/Exodus/etc. (and therefore, per Marcion, the Judaic scriptures should be rejected).

    Granted, Marcion’s interpretation was more nuanced, and can be reconciled with acceptance of mystical Judaism, but misinterpretation of ideas like Marcion’s leads to some serious anti-Semitic nastiness (Google “Gnostic Liberation Front” if you want an example– I don’t want to send anyone to such an odious site by linking to it). Still, it’s hard to tell people, “oh, you know that story you heard about Adam and Eve and whatnot? Well IT’S ALL WRONG, SUCKAS!” and have them get your meaning. I see this a lot in “Gnostic Gnewbies” who are in it for the shock value and don’t care what other people think– more on that in a moment– but more mature individuals should note, with some concern, that most people don’t like being told that their most essential beliefs are wrong. The whole “Demiurge” concept does just that, so how do we mitigate the noise when we’re trying to talk about Yaldy-baldy? We do so by trying to understand what we’re talking about, and how best to communicate that concept to other people.

    First of all, let’s go ahead and address Dumbo (he’s right behind you!).  Is the Demiurge a literal dude with a flowy white beard, sitting up there, in charge of either a cabal of nasty angels or (according to some of the more ridiculous silliness out there) a fleet of UFOs?  Question for you: doesn’t interpreting him this way result in the same errors of reason that crop up when Biblical literalists are all like, “But God didn’t create Adam and STEEEEEEEVE!” (Answer: yes, yes it does.)

    So what, then, is this Demiurge? Clearly, ideas surrounding mythology in the First Century were a little different than they are now, and it’s naive to think that, among the ancient Gnostics, there weren’t a few who believed in a literal White-Robed Beardo in the Sky. But, given the modern context here, and the need to approach the material in the spirit of Reason, let me propose an alternative understanding of the Demiurge based on the myth and its utility in our day-to-day lives. What do we know about the character of the Demiurge from the stories? (It may be helpful to go back and read the Secret Book of John at this point if you need a refresher):

    - The Demiurge is not the Ultimate God, but thinks he is.
    - The Demiurge was spawned from Wisdom (Sophia), but from Wisdom applied incorrectly (she screwed up).
    - The Demiurge, via the creation of the Archons, is in charge of the way we perceive reality.
    - The way we perceive reality is imperfect.
    - The Demiurge wants us to worship him, and keeps us from understanding the True God/Pleroma. 

    Given these premises, what can we come up with as a definition of the Demiurge as an internal process? How about:

    The Demiurge is a false and irrational Image that we construct of the relationship between the Self and God based on our imperfect knowledge of the World of Forms. 

    What does this mean? It means that since we’re stuck here in the realms of imperfection, it’s impossible for us to really conceptualize what we mean by “God.” So, we create an Image of God that we worship in its stead.  This Image may be derived from following precepts taught by a religion. It may be socio-cultural and learned. It may be completely self-derived. It is, however, inescapable– we all have a little Demiurge in us, judging us, asking us to judge others. It’s not an external guy on a cloud or another planet;  the relationship between an individual and the Demiurge is just as personal as the relationship between an individual and God.

    The Demiurge resides in every person in the same sense that Sophia and the Christos reside in every person. It’s simply a matter of degree. When an individual castigates another for an accident of the World of Forms (for example, when someone is racist or bigoted), they are “ worshiping the Demiurge,” as they are acting upon impulses which are clearly based on images they have of what “should” or “shouldn’t” be. When a person negatively judges based on an image she has created, she is giving Yaldabaoth a nod. When, however, that very same person commits an act of kindness, compassion or love, they are worshipping the true, Unknown God of Sophia and the Christos.

    The Demiurge is not a concept that can readily be applied to an entire religion. Some aspects of all religions are Demiurgic, when they support the judgement of individuals based on legalistic proscription. Some aspects of all religions are also, however, Sophianic, and representative of the true spiritual path we recognize as gnosis. For every Crusades (Demiurgic), we have a Catholic Social Services (Sophianic). For every Tomas de Torquemada, we have a St. Francis of Assisi.

    Gnostics can worship the Demiurge, too. Some Gnostic scripture contains legalism and judgement on others based on images. Some Gnostics are terribly anti-Judaic and elitist. Some modern so-called “Gnostics” use Gnostic mythology as an excuse for anti-Semitism or cultism or guruism.

    This Way implies, “Don’t worship the Demiurge.” This does not, however, mean that one should abandon one’s spiritual Path, even if that spiritual Path is “mainstream.” Remember, the Valentinians were called to task by Tertullian for accepting people of other faiths. What was meant by “Don’t worship the Demiurge” is “Don’t worship false images.” Don’t judge people unduly. Don’t put words into God’s mouth. Don’t be a jerk.

    In the interest of Not Being a Jerk, now is also probably a good time to talk about something I’ve termed the Anarchonic Fallacy. This is a big one, especially among people new to the Gnostic scene, who get there via the Matrix or Elaine Pagels’ woefully out of date Gnostic Gospels.  The Anarchonic Fallacy states that, since Gnostic myth often depicts The Demiurge/Creator God and the Archons in opposition to the True God, our singular duty is to ‘freak out the squares.’ Those under the spell of the Anarchonic Fallacy take the Gnostic myths as fundamentally literal as Bible-believing Christians take the story of the Flood. They believe that the purpose of the Gnostic Way is to rebel, that established institutions such as churches or political systems  are no good, that the Gnostic can and should be anything she wants to be, by gum, because Nobody Can Tell Us What To Do. We see this a lot in people who think the Demiurge is controlling some Archons who control the Government/Church, therefore there is a conspiracy of UFO aliens in charge of Barack Obama/Mitt Romney’s Head and We Should Fight Them YEAH!

    The problem with the Anarchonic Fallacy is, as I see it, three-fold. First, it depends upon the literal understanding of the Demiurge we talked about upstairs, i.e. there is a half-lion, half-serpent flying around in the sky directing his sinister Archons who, in turn, direct all the bad that occurs in the world.  We already discussed the issues with this idea.

    The second problem with the Anarchonic Fallacy is that it depends upon ideas about the Gnostics that were spread by early opponents of the movement, polemicists such as Irenaeus of Lyons. This is far from surprising– until the 1970’s, 9/10ths of the information we had about the Gnostics came from their enemies. Apart from some fragmented texts and the almost unread Pistis Sophia, if you wanted to study the Gnostics before 1974 and you weren’t a student of the Coptic language, you read the Church Fathers. The Church Fathers were opposed to philosophies that didn’t mesh with their own– a perfectly reasonable stance for Church Fathers to take– and therefore played more than a bit loose with their rhetoric and arguments. Now, however, that we have the Nag Hammadi texts, we’re coming to understand that the practices of our Alexandrian and Syrian and Chaldaen and Roman forebears was far more complex and nuanced than those portrayed by Irenaeus et al., so it damned well better be nuanced for us, too. It’s not as cut-and-dry as “GNOSTIC VERSUS DEMIURGE” or “WE GOOD, THEY BAD.”

    Which brings us to the third, and most serious problem with the Anarchonic Fallacy: it completely misses the point because it doesn’t go far enough. Gnostic myth does, undoubtedly, caution us against placing faith in worldly control structures. It counsels us to rebel against the Demiurge, that Wrathful Face of God created by human misconception, and his Archons, Fear and Terror and Blind Obedience, the Planetary Powers, et al. It does tell us to laugh in the face of authority and to cast down worldly things. It does contradict much of the doctrine of the early orthodoxy and the mainstream churches as they’ve survived today. I’m personally even fond of referring to the Gnostics as the “original anarchists.”

    But, this is only a Tiny Fraction of the Gnostic Story.

    The point behind tearing down these structures, behind admonishing the control systems and demolishing the illusion of the world is to Rebuild It For The Pleroma. This Way isn’t about hatred or violence or the rebellion of the sullen teenaged soul who is tired of being Told What To Do. It’s about THIS, from the Valentinian Gospel of Truth:

    Speak concerning the truth to those who seek it and of knowledge to those who, in their error, have committed sin. Make sure-footed those who stumble and stretch forth your hands to the sick. Nourish the hungry and set at ease those who are troubled. Foster men who love. Raise up and awaken those who sleep. For you are this understanding which encourages. If the strong follow this course, they are even stronger.

    Nor is it about casting away Faith, another common trope of the Anarchonic Fallacy, that faith is somehow stupid and gnosis is where it’s at. It’s about THIS, from The Gospel of Philip:

    Faith receives, love gives. No one will be able to receive without faith. No one will be able to give without love. Because of this, in order that we may indeed receive, we believe, and in order that we may love, we give, since if one gives without love, he has no profit from what he has given.

    Nor is it about “freaking out the squares,” so commonly embraced by those under the sway of the Anarchonic Fallacy. This Way was never about telling people how wrong they are, no matter how canonical or mainstream. This Way is a path of kindness and love for ALL beings. This Way is a Way of Compassion. It’s about THIS, from The Dialogue of the Saviour:

    Judas said, “Tell me, Lord, what the beginning of the path is.”
    He said, “Love and goodness. For if one of these existed among the Archons, wickedness would never have come into existence.”

    Finally– and to me this is the saddest thing about the Anarchonic Fallacy– it stops short of gnosis itself. Gnosis isn’t just a mystical experience. It’s personal acquaintance with divinity as tempered by Wisdom and Reason. There’s nothing there about hating the world and rebelling against it; it’s about cultivating an experiential attitude in which the world itself opens its gates to the inbreaking fullness of God, the Limitless Light that exists beyond individuation. It’s not equally applicable to people or organizations we simply like or dislike. It’s an experience that needs to be had to understood within its own context, and all of this rebellion is just so much distraction from the PERSONAL path. Gnosis is about YOU, not about what other people are up to!

    As the Demiurge is such a personal concept, and as the danger exists that focusing too much on him will lead to the Anarchonic Fallacy we can see that claiming that such-and-such a religion or such-and-such a caste or such-and-such a political body consists of people worshiping the Demiurge commits the error of collectivist irrationality, judging an entire body of persons based upon what may be a single aspect of a single individual one has encountered. We tend to base our judgments on experience; those who claim that this or that is “Demiurgic” usually qualify this judgement by pointing to examples from the media or people they have met. The problem with this approach is that one casts aspersions onto millions of people based on one’s experiences with a handful of representatives of these belief systems. Judging the interior spiritual life of millions of people based on a handful of examples, no matter how extreme the examples, is an irrational act. So, claiming that people who are not Gnostics are worshippers of the Demiurge is in and of itself a Demiurgic Act. It is the creation of an interpretation of a reality based on the imperfect information of the World of Forms.

    Don’t be the Demiurge. Conquer it. Don’t fall into the Anarchonic fallacy. Instead, try to use Sophia and the Logos, your inner Wisdom and Reason, to cut through the easy bullshit being spouted by the Yaldabaoth in your mind.


    The Great Comet
    Abraham Bolden:
    Petition for Presidential Pardon
    {Mr. Bolden was a Secret Service agent assigned to the President at the time of the JFK assassination - in a sense, the "Jackie Robinson of the US Secret Service" - who'd uncovered plots to murder him in Chicago... before Dallas... on November 22nd, 1963. ~Lark}

    book reviews

    Radical Simplicity
    Small Footprints on a Finite Earth
    By Jim Merkel

    Imagine you are first in line at a potluck buffet. The spread includes not just food and water, but all the materials needed for shelter, clothing, healthcare, and education. How do you know how much to take? How much is enough to leave for your neighbors behind you—not just the six billion people, but the wildlife, and the as-yet-unborn?
    In the face of looming ecological disaster, many people feel the need to change their own lifestyles as a tangible way of transforming our unsustainable culture. Radical Simplicity is the first book that guides the reader to a personal sustainability goal, then offers a process to monitor progress to a lifestyle that is equitable amongst all people, species, and generations. It employs three tools to help readers begin their customized journey to simplicity:
    It builds on steps from Your Money or Your Life so readers can design their own personal economics to save money, get free of debt, and align their work with their values.
    It uses refined tools from Our Ecological Footprint so readers can measure how much nature is needed to supply all they consume and absorb their waste.
    Combining lyrical narrative, compassionate advocacy, and absorbing science, Radical Simplicity is a practical, personal answer to twenty-first century challenges that will appeal as much to Cultural Creatives and students as to spiritual seekers, policy makers, and sustainability professionals.
    Jim Merkel quit his job as a military engineer following the Exxon Valdez disaster and has since worked to develop tools for personal and societal sustainability. He founded the Global Living Project to further this work and conducts workshops around North America on this topic.

    A Common-Sense Platform for the 21st Century
    By Beverly K. Eakman
    A Common-Sense Platform for the 21st Century represents a starting point for true patriots committed to the ideals and principles of the Framers of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, as well as the Declaration of Independence. The Platform recognizes the genius of the Founders in anticipating progress to the extent that they included a means for amending the American Constitution while keeping the original ideals and precepts intact, a means that stands in stark opposition to today's attempts to throw the baby out with the bathwater. While additional pressing concerns may be added to (or deleted from) the Platform position statements, as events dictate, the tone and construction of this document harkens back to the remarkable (and refreshingly modern) views and tenets contained in Thomas Paine's 1776 booklet, Common Sense, which greatly influenced the Framers and revolutionized governance throughout the world. Kudos for "A Common Sense Platform for the 21st Century": "This platform for the 21st century could not have arrived at a better time. With the new Congress convening after the holidays, and the next presidential election cycle already under way, this book should be required reading for every elected official, every candidate, campaign worker and, indeed, for every American." Read the whole review at WorldNetDaily ~ Henry Lamb is the author of "The Rise of Global Governance," chairman of Sovereignty International and founder of the Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO) and Freedom21 Inc. "A post-election Washington Post survey recently announced that 'few in the [Tea Party] movement agree on a legislative agenda beyond [merely] downsizing government.' Not so. Award-winning author Beverly Eakman has thrown down the gauntlet: In a mere 120 pages, Eakman lays out an astonishing and comprehensive legislative agenda that represents views common not only to most Tea Partiers, but to all constitutionally minded Americans — and the various fed-up ‘others’ — who are sick and tired of party politics as usual. Eakman draws a line in the sand with A Common-Sense Platform for the 21st Century. ~ A Proud American "Beverly Eakman's book is FANTASTIC! Not just the platform -type recommendations, but ALL of it. Every American needs to read it, preferably before the national election in 2012." ~ Joan Battey, political columnist, Apalachian, NY In my opinion Beverly Eakman is the most thorough and honest observer/recorder/tracker of politically induced behavior modification in America today! This booklet makes the case for me!" ~ Roni Bell Sylvester, past Chairman Good Neighbor Law and Editor of LandandWaterUSA, Denver, CO "This booklet shows how close we have come to being totally dominated and flummoxed by people bent on controlling us and our country. So many of us appreciate Bev Eakman's work." ~ Richard L. Cutler, Ph.D., VP University of Michigan (ret); past president Nat'l Assoc of Scholars, Michigan chapter
    Beverly Eakman’s website:


    The League of Ordinary Gentlemen
     An Ambiguous Utopia

    The Score
    By Reverend Rudy “Butch” Stanko

    Enochian Vision Magick

     An Introduction and Practical Guide to the Magick of Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelley

    By Lon Milo DuQuette


    Dr. John Dee (1527-1608) was one of the greatest minds of the Elizabethan Age, and his system of angelic communication was the result of the most dramatic magical operation ever recorded. It has survived to become the cornerstone of the modern ceremonial magician's practice. In 1582 Dee and his clairvoyant partner Edward Kelley made magical contact with a number of spiritual entities who identified themselves as angels -- the same that communicated with Adam, Enoch, and the patriarchs of the Old Testament. Over the next three years they revealed to Dee and Kelley three distinct magical systems of vision magick. The third and last of these incorporated a series of "calls" to be recited in an angelic language in order to raise the consciousness of the magician to a level where angelic contact is possible. Best-selling author and magician, Lon Milo DuQuette, who has practiced Dee's system for over twenty-five years, has seized upon elements of the original Dee material overlooked by adepts of the Golden Dawn, Aleister Crowley, and other modern magicians, and brought them to light in Enochian Vision Magick. DuQuette offers the expert and novice alike the practical means by which they can become attuned in the same simple step-by-step manner that first prepared Dee and Kelley. There has never been a book on Enochian magick like this one.

    An authoritative examination of the world's most fascinating and magical tarot cards

    This month's interview is with lifetime occultist and author Lon Milo DuQuette. We talked with him about his new book:


    Anyone who studies Wicca, Paganism or the Tarot will eventually run up against the Qabalah and Ceremonial Magic. The Qabalah (which means 'tradition') is a key part of ancient Jewish mysticism, but much of the literature written about these subjects revolves around the works of Aleister Crowley, who produced some of the most involved and intriguing manuscripts and books on the subject, as part of his ongoing studies with the Golden Dawn. Over a five year period at the beginning of World War II, he designed a set of Tarot Cards, which were beautifully brought to life by the masterful artistry of his friend Lady Harris. Within these 78 cards were captured the concept, meaning and purpose of the Qabalah, the Tree of Life, and the nature of Deity.

    As beautiful as these images were (they remain one of the best-selling Tarot decks on the market today), understanding more than their surface meaning has been for most a frustrating and confusing journey, due in no small part to Crowley himself, via his arcane and mysterious writings in such works as The Book of Thoth,The Book of the Law and several others.

    Fortunately for those of us that have the attention span of hummingbird, Lon Milo DuQuette has produced a book that tears away a lot of the mystique and takes us through the Thoth Tarot, The Tree of Life, The Qabalah and the Rosy Cross, in very concise and easy to understand language. As a member of Crowley's legacy order, OTO, he is uniquely qualified to write this sorely needed guidebook.

    [PNN] Do you need to be familiar with the Thoth Tarot to make use of this book?

    [LMDQ] Certainly not. In fact I wrote "Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot" in order introduce the deck to people who are completely unfamiliar with it's fascinating beauty and magick. Initially, however, I'm sure it will be of greatest interest to the thousands of people worldwide who already own and use the Thoth Tarot deck and have for years been frustrated in their efforts to learn more about it.

    Crowley's own text, The Book of Thoth, is the ultimate authoritative text, but it is way over the head of even very knowledgeable students. It reads like a post-graduate treatise. Over the years it seems I've developed the curious ability to 'translate' Crowley and make his truly important works more understandable and assessable. I guess that's why I was approached to write this book.

    {More at the above link}


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    Dirty Little Secrets of World War II
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    This amazing autobiographical account of Brice Taylor’s personal experience reveals the hidden purpose behind the ritual abuse and mind control that is being reported around the world! It shares her recollections of being conditioned through childhood in order to be used by Bob Hope and Henry Kissinger, as a mind-controlled slave into adulthood… and used as a presidential sex toy and personal “mind file” computer by high ranking individuals around the world to further the agenda of the New World Order. This book will help you navigate your way through the treacherous times we now face in the 21st Century. Don’t be left in the dark. Buy this book and share it with your friends, quickly. There is no time to lose!
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