Grist to the Mill

gristWhile George Orwell wished this metaphor to have gone the way of the dodo, I find it an appropriate expression given all that has happened since the election results on November 8th declared Donald Trump king.  Protests are flaring up in cities, mostly in the U.S., but also here in Canada where people are genuinely shocked that Hilary Clinton lost to the ‘Apprentice’.  People who feel this election should have ended differently are now challenged to raise their voices and not their fists.  It is a good thing to have a voice, to protest injustice and all round unhappiness with the way things are.  It’s how things change and is the basis for all rebellions but is certainly not an inevitable outcome for our unrest.  We, of course, will repeat our cycles over and over again until we finally get it.  The cycles teach us that we have power, but more often than not we end up abusing it and hurting each other.

Some negative people I’ve met truly want another World War, another French Revolution, another Louis Riel Rebellion.  We have enough recent history that we could learn our lessons and construct a reality far different from the one we have known.  We have been unplugged from the Matrix and now we can choose whether we want to go back.  Like Grist, we are a grain that cannot be made into anything new until we have the grinding force of an immense stone bearing down on us.  The hope is that we can, in fact, be transformed by this latest election, be awakened to our human potential and our connectedness.  Imagine if we did that…..maybe politicians would be obsolete.

Russell Brand: George Bernard Shaw’s Socialist Superman

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The world, as we know it is messed up.  It has mental health issues and is in need of an intervention.  Most of the world lives plugged in to the matrix…Eat, work, sleep… preoccupied with the daily grind…happy to watch reality tv, when reality is like a fog that lays thick at our feet and we are oblivious to our walking in it because we refuse to look down.   The internet first caused me to trip and fall forward into the fog some 7 years ago where the view while lying prostrate never looked more terrifying and thrilling all at the same time.  Life for me has never held more promise, nor seemed so doomed to follow the script of Revelations.  Which path will it be and who will lead us down it?

Yes, it seems that we are in desperate need of leadership.  Why else would we seek out so many guru’s, so many Messiah’s?  Truly, it seems that humans seem incapable of saving themselves…from themselves.  We cannot escape much of what we have created…greed, corruption, pollution, crime, racism, poverty, injustice…..

Many great writers in history foresaw our present condition.  They too went through the looking-glass…seeking Utopia…coming out the other side with one word on their lips: their cry was, “SOCIALISM”.

“I, as a Socialist, have had to preach, as much as anyone, the enormous power of the environment. We can change it; we must change it; there is absolutely no other sense in life than the task of changing it. What is the use of writing plays, what is the use of writing anything, if there is not a will which finally moulds chaos itself into a race of gods.” – George Bernard Shaw

On Shaw and the road to Socialism:

George Bernard Shaw wrote “The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Socialism and Capitalism,” and it was published at the top of his success as a playwright.

Shaw, Irish comic dramatist, literary critic, and Socialist propagandist was an ardent member of the Fabian Society, and a public speaker touting socialism. The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Socialism and Capitalism is his most notable nonfiction work.

The book purports to be a political primer for the “intelligent woman” who knew nothing of politics. This literary device allowed Shaw to state: Clear your mind of all preconceptions. What are the conditions under which the mass of mankind lives? What is the real meaning of the words “capitalism” and “socialism”? What is the present state of society if examined without any of these labels? Why is it like this?

Having cleared the ground, Shaw addressed that question to which his entire adult life had been devoted. How is the wealth of the world to be divided up?  By wholesale violence, theft (taxation) and mass slaughter that has never been surpassed in the world?  Or by trade, exchange and peace? Shaw reveals no knowledge of capitalism in the sense of economics, markets, prices, trade, supply and demand.  (Read more at “George Bernard Shaw – Socialist Superman and Swastika’s“)

Russell Brand writes as a guest columnist for the New Statesman
” Russell Brand writes as a guest columnist for the New Statesman

This brings us to the curious rise of Brand within the pages of the New Statesman and as a hot interviewee on MSM (mainstream media) News outlets.  Bland readily admits he’s no academic of economics, but surely knows from his own experiences within the middle class that what we’re doing is not working.  In this way he is much like Shaw who had a hand in the founding of the popular yet controversial magazine that Brand now writes for.

The New Statesman’s History shows it to be admittedly Socialist and the brainchild of the Fabian Society:

“The New Statesman was created in 1913 with the aim of permeating the educated and influential classes with socialist ideas. Its founders were Sidney and Beatrice Webb (later Lord and Lady Passfield), along with Bernard Shaw, and a small but influential group of Fabians. The Webbs’ previous publication, The Crusade, had existed to gain support for the Minority Report of the Royal Commission on the Poor Law, and for Beatrice Webb’s National Committee for the Prevention of Destitution. However, it had died after less than two years, when it became obvious that no government would swallow the Minority Report whole, with all its socialist implications. The New Statesman was created to fill the gap.”

So how does a guy who looks a little like a hybrid between Che and Jesus who is worth over 15 Million dollars get to tell the rest of the world that Capitalism is our problem and that a Socialist Revolution is our answer?

Perhaps a look at the Fabian Society itself can shed some light:

From Wikipedia:

The Fabian Society is a British socialist organisation whose purpose is to advance the principles of socialism via gradualist and reformistmeans.[1][2] It is best known for its initial ground-breaking work beginning late in the 19th century and continuing up to World War I. The society laid many of the foundations of the Labour Party and subsequently affected the policies of states emerging from the decolonisation of the British Empire, most notably India and Singapore.

Originally, the Fabian society was committed to the establishment of a socialist economy, alongside a commitment to British imperialism as a progressive and modernizing force.[3] Today its viewpoints are more social democratic.

Today, the society functions primarily as a think tank and is one of 15 socialist societies affiliated with the Labour Party. Similar societies exist in Australia (the Australian Fabian Society), Canada (the Douglas-Coldwell Foundation and the now disbanded League for Social Reconstruction) and in New Zealand.

The key word here is ‘think-tank’.  Think Tanks are essentially policy institutes which perform research and act as advocates (lobbyists) in the arena’s of political and social reform.  The Fabian Society was one of the first such policy institutes dating back to 1884.  Think-Tanks are, in this writers opinion, dangerous organisms because they lack accountability to the people yet hold tremendous power over policy formation often resulting in the promotion of a religious or political agenda based on the interests of one group rather than the whole of society.  Today there needs to be more criticism of the role that Think Tanks play in government decision-making, and social reform and whether or not these Think-Tanks are acting within any kind of ethical framework.

The question is, is Brand simply a mouthpiece of the Fabian Society or is there something to what he is saying?  Consider the video interview with Jeremy Paxman and Brand:

A forum comment had this to say regarding how society has come to the exact place it has been destined to….

Two centuries ago, a somewhat obscure Scotsman named Tytler made this profound observation: “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship, then a monarchy.”

Consider the following:

Alexander Tytler Cycle:

The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to selfishness;
From selfishness to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage

It should be noted that there is debate amongst scholars as to the validity of the attribution of the quote to Tytler as there is evidence that the quote is a hybrid between statements made by Lord Woodhouse and Benjamin Disraeli.  An excellent examination of this can be found in this article by Loren Collins.  Regardless of their origin the concept of the cycle is exactly what Brand describes in his interview with Paxman.  This is where Brand becomes the ideal change agent.  Not only is he extremely charismatic, he also appeals to us on a spiritual level, speaks to our understanding of abundance and lack and approaches the subject with a kind of fearless honesty that no politicians alive on the planet today can seem to muster.  Is it any wonder that the above video has nearly nine million views and counting?   On the flip-side, however, are those who argue that Brand is exactly that, a brand being put on the face of a socialist revolution in order to sell it… and why not?  Haven’t we seen this all before?

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“With the demise of the dollar, America will be a much weaker and less wealthy nation. For the entire post-World War II era, America has been the standard-bearer for capitalism. With the latter now discredited, it’s clear that the rest of the world is increasingly rejecting the U.S. model of economics and is instead turning to the regulated, technocrat-led economies of China and Singapore as the new role model.”

– See more at: http://www.trcommons.org/2012/02/how-ronald-reagan-unwittingly-laid-the-groundwork-for-the-death-of-capitalism/

The following 2 hour Red Ice Radio interview with Thomas Sheridan shows us the flipside of the pro-Brand movement:

Thomas Sheridan – Hour 1 & 2 – The “Brand” New Purple Pill
October 30, 2013
Thomas Sheridan is an artist, writer and musician from Ireland. He is the author of Puzzling People: The Labyrinth of the Psychopath and The Anvil of the Psyche. We’ll discuss Russell Brand’s interview on British Brain Control (BBC) where he advocated a SOCIALIST EGALITARIAN system based on the massive redistribution of wealth to solve today’s political problems. We’ll talk about why a socialist egalitarian system will most definitely not solve problems or free the people. Thomas explains how Russell Brand, the arm chair socialist, is not waking people up. Brand is put on the TV screens to placate the ones already ‘awake’, and to put you back to sleep in the belief that this is some kind of victory. It’s isn’t – it is showbiz being used as a social engineering tool yet again. We’ll talk about Brand’s connections, including The New Statesman, started by the Fabian Society, the London School of Economics, symbolism around him and his ideas of a new age collective utopia. We address the true problem and talk about the real solution. In the second hour, Sheridan explains his analogy of the socially acceptable “Brand new purple pill,” the third option now available. He speaks about how various movements have been taken, co-opted and watered down to dampen the truth. Then, we get into the idea of forced wealth redistribution vs. voluntary giving in a truly free society and other crimes against nature in a socialist egalitarian system. Later, we speak about the oxytocin effects of celebrity and powerful elite that can create hysteria.