Wednesday 21st of March 2018

of social constructs...

"Humans need to keep busy otherwise they go mad. Kings need to conquer lands, slaves need to work, soldiers need to wage wars.
Gusus Leonicus (27 AD)

The second part of this proposition is the pseudo-example shown by nature, in the ants nest. We’ve been busy like flies in a jar for a long time. History is a formal analysis, mostly biased, of this human business on a little planet. We have come a long way from the original knuckle-dragging beasts as our legs longered and our brain became heavy.

What happened to us? We are still mapping the phenomenon of our evolution from the apes that fell from the trees into the grasslands and discovered one could use a stick to clobber someone that talked too much in the group or hit something like an animal or a nut. The Chimpanzees are still working out the cracking of nuts with stones thrown from heights, while we, humans, have developed rocket engines to kill each other. So, we are still trying to work out mechanisms of living together while trying to rob each other for profit. This has led to many interpretations of social necessity and individual behaviour. This website is called yourdemocracy, because, despite all its formats, democracy seems to be the best way to achieve peace, to nurture natural protection and promote the advancement of the human mind. Good luck to you if you’ve reach satisfaction.

Phänomenologie des Geistes (The Phenomenology of Mind) is the book by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770 – 1831) that had a profound effect in Western philosophy. It has been praised and blamed for the development of existentialism, communism, fascism, the death of god and the destruction of theology, and the promotion of historicist nihilism — a contradiction in term. Nihilism is the philosophical viewpoint that suggests the denial or lack of belief in opposition to the religiously promoted meaningful aspects of life. Most commonly, nihilism is presented in the form of existential nihilism, which argues that life is without objective meaning, purpose, or intrinsic value. Moral nihilists assert that you can develop your own code of behaviour should you wish to. We need a certain democratic decorum otherwise we could have people defecating in the streets — like some people complained about during the latest "magical” Sydney Mardi Gras. Revolutions always have had that problem: not enough public loos.

The German word Geist has both the meanings mind and spirit, and though the book is known in the English sphere as the The Phenomenology of Spirit, Gus does not believe in the "spiritual", which has religious connotation of separation of ideas from bio-structures. 

Hegel developed a form of idealism sometimes termed as absolute idealism in which the dualisms of, for instance, mind and nature, say "subject and object" are overcome. His philosophy of mind conceptually integrates psychology, the state, history, art, religion, and philosophy. His account of the master–slave dialectic has been highly influential. Of special importance is his concept of mind as the historical manifestation of the logical concept and the Aufhebung — integration without elimination or reduction — of seemingly contradictory or opposing factors; examples include the apparent opposition between nature and freedom and between immanence and transcendence. Confusing all around but fair, considering that transcendence is an illusion of mind. Illusions become the modus operandi of evolved humanity beyond the necessity of survival, which on all account is only a relative notion as the universe could exist happily without humans. 

As Hegel was finishing his work, Napoleon engaged Prussian troops on October 14, 1806, in the Battle of Jena on a plateau outside the city. On the day before the battle, Napoleon entered the city of Jena. Hegel recounted his impressions in a letter to a friend:

I saw the Emperor – this world-soul – riding out of the city on reconnaissance. It is indeed a wonderful sensation to see such an individual, who, concentrated here at a single point, astride a horse, reaches out over the world and masters it . . . this extraordinary man, whom it is impossible not to admire.

Hegel's comment to Niethammer is striking since at that point he had already composed the crucial section of the Phenomenology in which he remarked that the Revolution had now officially passed to another land (Germany) that would complete in thought what the Revolution had only partially accomplished in practice. Karl Marx: “here I come”.

All this social windmill leads us to many other philosophers, from Jean Paul Sartre to Levi-Strauss — and Structuralism (see also "The Age of Deceit").

In 1936, a part of Catalonia (the autonomous region in northeast Spain) became under the control of various anarchist, communist, and socialist trade unions, parties, and militias of the Spanish Civil War period. These included the Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (CNT, National Confederation of Labor) which was the dominant labor union at the time and the closely associated Federación Anarquista Ibérica (FAI, Iberian Anarchist Federation). The Unión General de Trabajadores (General Worker's Union), the POUM and the Unified Socialist Party of Catalonia (which included the Communist Party of Catalonia) were also involved. Although the Generalitat of Catalonia was nominally in power, the trade unions were de facto in command of most of the economy and military forces.
Socialist rule of the region began with the Spanish Revolution of 1936, resulting in workers' control of businesses and factories, collective farming in the countryside, and attacks against Spanish nationalists and the Catholic clergy. The growing influence of the Communist Party of Spain's (PCE) Popular Front government and their desire to nationalize revolutionary committees and militias brought it into conflict with the CNT and POUM, resulting in the May Days and the eventual replacement of the CNT by the PCE as the major political force in Catalonia until the arrival of the fascists.

But what defeated the Catalonians more, was the decision by Stalin to help the fascists. The ideal socialism in Catalonia showed up the totalitarian Russian government as what it was: fascism. Though Stalin used forces to help the Spanish Fascists, Capitalism would have also crushed the Catalonians with bribery and deceit. Meanwhile the “Social democratic" Hitlerian government of Germany helped the Fascists as well. The Catalonians had no hope of keeping their new utopia.

Here come the Kurd. The Kurdish question is now at the epicentre of the Syrian conflict. The Kurds have worked out a similar social structure to that of the Catalonians. But caught between the Shias, the Sunnis, Daesh, the Turks, the Iraqis and the Syrians, they are in a bind, as they also are used by the USA as pawns in their Middle east war games, the ultimate goal being to dislodge any socialism from this region, by favouring terrorism.

It becomes messy and complex. 

Enters Carne Ross (1966-). He is the founder and executive director of Independent Diplomat, a diplomatic advisory group. He became a diplomat assistant in the English foreign service in 1989. His testimony in the Butler Review directly contradicted the British position on the justification behind the invasion of Iraq. This appalling review examined the intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction which played a key part in the UK's decision to invade Iraq with the USA, in 2003. A similar Iraq Intelligence Commission was set up in the United States. As we knew and know, these inquiries were a whitewash, designed to blame the “intelligence” rather than the bullshitting invaders. See the trilogy.

Ross left the British civil service in 2004 after 15 years of service. He is now a supporter of a UN Parliamentary Assembly. In 2004, he founded the non-governmental organisation Independent Diplomat.

In the "Acknowledgements" section of his 2013 novel, A Delicate Truth, John le Carré thanks Ross for demonstrating the perils of speaking a "delicate truth" to power. This means that it is very dangerous to tell people in power that they talk shit. We know a lot about whistleblowers whose lot is being victimised for telling the truth and of exposing the shenanigans of governments.

In 2017, Ross released a documentary The Accidental Anarchist. The documentary explores Ross's change from a civil servant in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to an anarchist. The scientist and anarchist activist Noam Chomsky appears in the documentary. Ross explores the philosophy of democratic confederalism developed by Abdullah Öcalan and its influence on Kurdish groups in the Syrian Civil War such as the YPG and YPJ. Ross sees these groups as anarchist and draws parallels to the Catalonian revolution.

Catalonia is still trying to regain its independent mind but of course the pseudo-democratic government of Spain is doing every to stop this. There was similarity with the Basque region, both regions never having been under the Moors (Muslims) domination, like Spain was till the 15th century. Yet both had been under Visigoth’s rule for a few hundred years and one could speculate that the Visigoth social mind evolved into a certain type of freedom that sought equality. It is possible, here Gus speculates, that the French Visigoth side in Narbonne led to their evolution into the Cathars.  

Thus being a free-spirit (a free-mind) like the Cathars in a world ruled by Capitalists (Kings and popes in hierarchical disguise), for the Kurds is massively fraught with dangers, coming from abroad but also from within should the lure of greed be implanted by deceitful capitalistic propaganda (watch out for the Soros media), which on all account will intensify in the coming years, when peace finally comes.

Gus Leonisky
You local democratic revolutionary

other readings...

Murray Bookchin (January 14, 1921 – July 30, 2006)[5] was an Americansocial theorist, author, orator, historian, and political philosopher. A pioneer in the ecology movement,[6] Bookchin formulated and developed the theory of social ecology within anarchist, libertarian socialist, and ecological thought. He was the author of two dozen books covering topics in politics, philosophy, history, urban affairs, and ecology. Among the most important were Our Synthetic Environment (1962), Post-Scarcity Anarchism (1971) and The Ecology of Freedom (1982). In the late 1990s he became disenchanted with the increasingly apolitical lifestylism of the contemporary anarchist movement, stopped referring to himself as an anarchist, and founded his own libertarian socialist ideology called Communalism.[7]


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One needs to be under the influence of drugs. This is the answer to the question. In order not to feel the heavy burden of Time that breaks your shoulders and makes you bend to the earth, you need to be drugged, relentless.

So, drugged on what? On wine, poetry, virtue, as you chose, but you must be drugged.

And, if sometimes, on the steps of a Palace, on the green grass of a ditch, on the morning loneliness, you wake up, slightly sober, you have to ask the wind, the wave, the star, the bird, the clock, everything that flees, everything that suffers, everything that rolls, everything that sings, everything that talks, ask what time it is. And the wind, the wave, the wind, the star, the bird and the clock will tell you: "it's time to get pissed! You musn't be the enslaved martyr of Time. Get pissed! Get drugged all the time. On wine, poetry or virtue, as you choose.




Translation by Jules Letambour


I suppose here, we are drugged on red ned and democratic philosophy.

of empirical and cash diplomacy...

U.S. and Turkish officials are due to meet in Washington today to begin thrashing out the range of issues now threatening to tear the already fragile relationship between the two NATO allies apart. 

The Turkish-American discord goes back to the Obama administration when Washington persuaded Ankara to spearhead the regime-change project in Syria circa 2011, only to see the U.S. retract later, leaving Turkey holding a can of worms. 

Since then the relationship has become mired in several disputes, with the overarching geopolitical result that Turkey has steadily drifted away from its Western allies towards a détente with Russia. This has taken the form of a quasi-alliance with Moscow over the Syrian conflict—a partnership that appears to be flourishing as a “win-win” economic relationship and has resulted in the Turkish decision to purchase an S-400 air defense system from Russia.   

The situation in Syria will top the agenda during the talks in Washington on Thursday. The priority for both sides will be to avert a standoff in northern Syria where the U.S. and Turkey are pursuing sharply divergent interests. At least since 2014, the U.S. has aligned with Kurdish groups that Ankara regards as terrorists belonging to the PKK, the separatist movement waging a bloody struggle to carve out an independent state in the Kurdish homelands in eastern Turkey. On the other hand, Kurds are the Pentagon’s foot soldiers in its war against the Islamic State in Syria. 

To say the talks are taking place in an acrimonious climate is an understatement, and the trust deficit is palpable. The only high note is that both Turkey and the U.S. are diplomatically experienced enough to navigate their perennially problematic relationship as allies and, most certainly, neither seeks a showdown in Syria. Recent remarks by Pentagon officials suggest the U.S. has no intentions of terminating its alliance with Kurdish militia in eastern Syria anytime soon, as Turkey demands. Meanwhile, Turkey wants the redeployment of the Kurdish militia in Manjib in northern Syria to the east of the Euphrates. During his visit to Ankara in February, Tillerson had assured the Turks that the U.S. would heed their sensitivities over Manjib. But curiously, Turkey now alleges the U.S. is instead “lifting” the Kurdish fighters in Manjib to the frontline in the canton of Afrin, 100 miles to the west, to stiffen the Kurdish resistance against the current Turkish military operation there. 

To be sure, an elaborate pantomime is playing out. The Turks suspect that Washington is simply playing for time by engaging them in talks, while on a parallel track systematically advancing a geopolitical project to create an independent Kurdish entity carved out of northern Syria, which would eventually have direct access to the eastern Mediterranean. The Turkish press is awash in accusations of bad American intentions. In a sensational report on Monday, the pro-government Turkish Daily Star published a supposed American blueprint for establishing a full-fledged Kurdish state in eastern and northern Syria along Turkey’s borders. 

Amidst all this, Erdogan recently spoke on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to discuss Syria. The Kremlin evidently takes an interest in creating space for Turkey to negotiate effectively with the U.S. Ankara also finds it useful and necessary to keep the line open to Moscow. The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu plans to meet his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow next Tuesday prior to a likely visit to Washington on March 19 to activate yet another “mechanism” between himself and Tillerson.

Turkey is openly disregarding Washington’s misgivings over the Astana process on Syria and continues to work actively with Russia and Iran. The foreign ministers from all three countries plan to meet in Astana on March 16. A statement by the Kazakh Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said that the ministers of the three “guarantor countries” would assess the results of their collaboration and “identify common steps.” The three foreign ministers propose to issue a joint statement after their meeting to determine areas of further work within the Astana process with specific reference to the tragic events in Eastern Ghouta. Again, the Turkish Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday that a trilateral summit of the Turkish, Russian, and Iranian presidents is slated for April in Istanbul to “discuss Syria and potential steps in the region.”

Suffice to say, if Tillerson’s mission to Ankara had aimed at getting Turkey out of the Russian-Iranian orbit, he had no success. The Astana process is returning with renewed vigor, and Turkey’s growing frustration and anger towards the perceived U.S. intransigence is strengthening its axis with Russia (and Iran).

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Watch how much US cash will be thrown at Turkey to cool off. When the US looses to reasons and understanding, they throw moneys to "solve" the situation, like you've never seen before...