Monday 27th of January 2020

the colonialist good oil...

colonialism   "Every accumulation of knowledge and especially such as is obtained by social communication with people over whom we exercise dominion founded on the right of conquest, is useful to the state..."

 

"it attracts and conciliates distant affections; it lessens the weight of the chain by which the natives are held in subjection; and it imprints on the hearts of our countrymen the sense of obligation and benevolence.... Every instance which brings their real character... home to observation will impress us with a more generous sense of feeling for their natural rights, and teach us to estimate them by the measure of our own. But such instances can only be obtained in their writings: and these will survive when the British dominion in India shall have long ceased to exist, and when the sources which once yielded of wealth and power are lost to remembrance."



                                                                             Warren Hastings

Warren Hastings (1732-1818) was the first Governor of the Presidency of Fort William (Bengal), the head of the Supreme Council of Bengal, and thereby the first de facto Governor-General of India from 1774 to 1785, under the East-India Company, the first private multinational company ever. His words were prescient...

Hastings was accused of corruption and was impeached in 1787. After a long trial that involved possibly many false accusations and possibly a few real ones, he was acquitted in 1795. He was made a Privy Councillor in 1814. His main accusers were also tinpots sociopaths of the time, the leader of whom was a certain Edmund Burke — an Anglo-Irish statesman and small philosopher who is still deemed to be the father of the modern Conservative doctrine. Born in Dublin, Burke served as a member of parliament from 1766 to 1794 in the House of Commons with the right-conservative wing of the Whig Party.

Burke was a proponent of supporting virtues with good manners, and believed in the importance of religious institutions for the moral stability of the state. In his Reflections on the Revolution in France, Burke asserted that the revolution destroyed the fabric of society and its traditional institutions — and he condemned the persecution of the Catholic Church that resulted from it. As we all know (we all should), the birth of democracy was not painless and resulted in a few important heads to roll, especially that of the established cozy hierarchy maintained by the royals and the church love-in… Unfortunately a few scientists, like Lavoisier — himself a mild revolutionary — lost their life for being too nice.

Amongst a few important people, a satirist, the pamphleteer and versifier Ralph Broome, was on Hasting’s side — against the other angry mob, possibly stirred by one Sir Philip Francis, whom Hastings had wounded during a duel in India… 


The satire was quite funny. Broome writes to his brother about the impeachment proceedings:

Dear Brother,
— The letter I formerly sent you,
I hope was descriptive enough to content you —
With respect to Procession, and taking of places,
My Masters and Judges, by Lordships and Graces :
According to promise, I now shall describe
The Procession of BURKE,  and his Eloquent Tribe —
                                                         First,
First, EDMUND walks in at the head of the Groupe,
That powerful Chief of that powerful Troop —
What awful solemnity’s seen in his gait,
Whilst the Nod of his head beats due time to his Feet !
CHARLES FOX is the second, and close on his right,
Whole waddle declares he will never go straight.
The Rubicund SHERIDAN enters the third,
The opposer of PITT, and the Treasury Board—
His attention, ’tis said, has so long been directed
To the National Debts, that his own are neglected —
And in Public Affairs, when such management’s shewn,
No wonder a man cannot think of his own.

Etc…

The whole satirical poem then explains how each of the accusers cannot remember anything specific about the “events" ( the "I can't recall" status), but made the charges stick, mostly I believe, because of the influence they yielded...

The purpose of this article is to revive history, that of us in the colonial Western world, where the people who managed the loot were benevolent sociopaths, in all political spectrum. Unfortunately, the benevolence has vanished, the sociopathy still remains. I’ll leave you to decide, especially on the: “… by social communication with people over whom we exercise dominion founded on the right of conquest, is useful to the state…”

It seems we have gone a few notches down the sewer. We don’t do “social communication” too well. We just bomb people into submission to pinch whatever resources we need, or want to resell with a massive profit margin.

Seeing Scott Morrison respond to anything from bushfires to the presence of armies in Iraq is like watching an old colonialist store-dummy in tired embroided rags, looking at his reflection in a display window. Our “social communications” thus concentrate on teaching the natives how to fend against terrorism… We should not laugh, because the natives would know far more about terrorists than desert-driven Aussies, especially after the Iraqis having been at the rough end of US occupation, with untrustworthy negotiations included.

Aussie troops should be out of Iraq pronto. The spacial targeting of the US bases in Iraq by the Iranian forces should have the US worried. The rockets flew pass all the defence mechanisms of the bases and landed with EXTRAORDINARY precision on warehouses where no casualties would result. If this is not a specific targeting, what is?… Maximum warning with minimum fuss.

Scomo, get the Aussie troops out of Iraq. We don’t have anything to “teach” the Iraqi Army, but we have a lot to learn and show by getting out.

they lied...

Two points are worth making about the Iraq War in retrospect, as they tell us something about Australia's possible policy options and their consequences in this confrontation, which has the potential to be even more consequential if events spiral out of control as they well might.

Repeating the 'epic failure' in Iraq?

First, from the perspective of Australian security and its national interest, the war in Iraq was a war of choice. 

There was absolutely no need strategic for Australian forces to have taken part, and they made no difference to the outcome of the war itself or the subsequent efforts to stabilise Iraq. 

Australian participation in the coalition of the willing was primarily symbolic and designed to make American actions look less unilateral.

 

Read more:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-09/what-impact-will-us-and-iran-tens...

 

See also:

http://www.yourdemocracy.net.au/drupal/node/11276

 

the quiet majority...

quiet


idolising scott and donald...

 

Pastor Franz Gerber is worried that so many members of his congregation appear to idolise Donald Trump more than they worship Jesus.

The preacher at the Praise Chapel Community church was among those who voted for Trump in rural Forest county, Wisconsin, which swung heavily from Barack Obama to the Republican in 2016 and so helped deliver a state that put the president in the White House.

Gerber now has some regrets about his vote but what really disturbs him is an unquestioning and even aggressive adulation for Trump within his flock.

“It seems like there are many evangelical Christians that are willing to die on the hill of supporting the Republican president, supporting Donald J Trump. And to me, that hill is not worth dying on. No matter who the candidate is, no matter who the individual is,” he said. “To put all your hope into that individual is a dangerous road. Scripture would warn us against that.”

Gerber’s concern reflects a deepening political polarisation within sprawling Forest county, home to about 9,000 people and two Native American reservations across about 1,000 square miles, where friendships are strained over Trump and more than a few people shy from talking politics.

 

Read more:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jan/15/evangelical-christian-sw...

 

Well, if you are talking to some "Liberals" (CONservatives) who are church goers as well, the same phenomenon happens. Scomo gets idealised beyond beliefs. One cannot say anything true about Scott's failures without being barked off, as if one was doing blasphemy.

 

 

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