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THESE ARE THE TIMES THAT TRY MEN’S SOULS

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“These are the times that try men’s souls.” — Thomas Paine, 1776

Recently I have been re-reading the writings of Thomas Paine.  He’s the guy that sparked the American Revolution in 1776.  He started a viral protest against the insanely oppressive government of England, which was the most powerful nation on Earth at that time.  How did he do it?  He published a little pamphlet called “Common Sense” and started passing it out to fellow citizens  like George Washington, Ben Franklin, John Adams and thousands of others.  This, and many other protest in history such as those of Mohandas Gandhi in India and Martin Luther King in the US have been effective, in spite of overwhelming opposition.

Viral protests against government injustice and corporate criminals can be effective. Even the most powerful nations on Earth can’t control the whole population against their collective will. Many have tried and failed.  The current “New World Order” movement is succeeding at global control at an alarming rate. The day the entire population is subject to the will of a few criminals in government and commerce we are doomed. That time has come. The American colonists didn’t have the Internet. But, they also didn’t have global government capable of controlling all the media, the military, our private lives and the economy.  If we want to remain free we’ll have to communicate with each other and act as though our current lives and our future lives depend upon it.

Here is a recent video from The Guardian that illustrates the message in the present moment.

ARTISTIC MYTHOLOGY

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Artistic Mythology incorrectly attributes the statement, “Beware of artists….” to Queen Victoria.  Artists often consider themselves to be “revolutionaries” whom the wealthy and powerful “royalty” of Earth should fear.  So, they adopted this statement as a “battle cry” against tyranny of the state and persecution of the “artist”.

Factually, Queen Elizabeth,  did not make this statement, although she most likely shared the sentiment with her Uncle, King Leopold II of Belgium, who expressed it in a similar statement (below).   In reality, artists are seldom revolutionaries, and are the most likely to be paid whores and propagandists in service of  the “royal agenda”.  For example, how many Hollywood films have you seen that are threatening  to the rich and powerful, much less “revolutionary”?  (Answer = 0 )

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(Leopold II — King of Belgium,  like Queen Victoria, were members of the self-appointed “royal family” who are Caucasian, Fascist, Imperialists.   Unfortunately, they are worshiped by the peasants, and glorified by artists, who empower them to invade, murder and enslave other people, life forms, property and natural resources of Earth for personal financial gain, power and control.)

ARTISTIC MYTHOLOGY

Leopold II (9 April 1835 – 17 December 1909) was the King of the Belgians, and is chiefly remembered for the founding and exploitation of the Congo Free State.  

Queen Victoria (24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was the monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and Empress of India from 20 June 1837 until her death.

A letter to Queen Victoria of England  from her Uncle, The King of the Belgians, 10th October 1845:

“My Dearest Victoria, —

. . . All you say about our dear Albert, whom I love like my own child, is perfectly true. The attacks, however unjust, have but one advantage, that of showing the points the enemy thinks weakest and best calculated to hurt. This , being the case, Anson, without boring A. with daily accounts which in the end become very irksome, should pay attention to these very points, and contribute to avoid what may be turned to account by the enemy. To hop to escape censure and calumny is next to impossible, but whatever is considered by the enemy as a fit subject for attack is better modified or avoided. The dealings with artists, for instance, require great prudence; they are acquainted with all classes of society, and for that very reason dangerous; they are hardly ever satisfied, and when you have too much to do with them, you are sure to have des ennuis  (trouble) . . .Your devoted Uncle,Leopold R.”    (excerpt from “The Letters of Queen Victoria, a Selection from Her Majesty’s Correspondence Between the Years 1837 and 1861″)

ABIDE DUDE, ABIDE

This documentary reveals the real-life “Dude” (Jeff Feurzeig)who was, and abides as, the  inspiration for the beloved central character in the Coen Brothers’ cult-favorite film THE BIG LEBOWSKI. 

I was a real-life “Dude” back in 1968 too, a lot like Jeff, who was a member of the famous “Seattle Seven” protesting the war in Vietnam.  I had a “4-D Deferment” from the military draft in 1968 because I had 1) registered for the draft at the age of 16 as an Conscientious Objector 2) I was a college student in 1968 and 3) I was pre-enrolled in theological seminary in preparation for becoming a minister.  This gave me a guaranteed exemption for being drafted by my small town draft board.  Many of my friends from high school (Class of ’64) were inducted into the military and did go to Vietnam.  They came back in a box or they came back without arms or legs or with life-long drug addiction or nightmares.  In the winter of 1967 or ’68 I attended a Students for A Democratic Society convention at the University of Indiana.  I road all the way across country in a broken down car with 6 other hippies with no money, no food and no dope.  We stayed for a day or two, got stoned, slept on the floor of a house and headed back.  I don’t have a clue what went on at the convention but it was something to do.

In the spring of ’69 I attended an anti-war protest rally at the California State Capitol building.  I tore up my draft card and mailed it back to me draft board, as a protest against the war.  Two weeks later I received my brand new “1-A” Draft Card.  Two weeks after that I was “invited” to the Army Induction Center in Oakland, CA to undergo military induction.  I showed up, but instead of stripping down and standing in line with all the other draftees, I started passing out Anti-War pamphlets to the naked guys standing in line be examined.  This wasn’t a big hit with the Army Sergeant.  He pulled me aside and stuck me in a small room with an FBI agent.  The agent asked me questions for half an hour.  I didn’t say a single word.  He decided I was crazy and sent me home.  I never heard from my draft board again.

I got my girlfriend pregnant, got a day job as a hospital  janitor, stopped getting stoned.  Eventually, due to the economic pressure of raising kids, I became integrated into the same Corporate American White Collar Technocracy Culture that most of my generation abided since the 60s. You may not think all of this is too “revolutionary”, but I did risk going to prison for several years for “refusing induction”, and worse, getting my ass blown off in Vietnam while killing “gooks” for Big Oil Companies and other American Corporations who controlled the drug trade and other financial interests in SE Asia.  Long story short: I managed to abide Vietnam.  Since then I’ve  managed to abide a whole bunch of NWO Imperialist military invasions around the world.  Anyway, Dude or no Dude, the same old shit abides in the U.S.A..  The only difference is that now we have the Internet, so we know the secret NWO hidden government isn’t quite as secret as it was in the 60s.  The “hippie-anti-war-revolution” of the 60s faded into the mists of broken American Dreams exemplified by Monday Night Football, retirement plans and political apathy.  Today, “The Dude” is just another philosophical illusion, driven by pot-smoking motion picture marketing mavens.  Ticket and t-shirt sales are up.  But the revolution is gone.