1918-2018, or Why World War One is part of your life, too


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2World War One was the death of a prosperous, relatively happy world. If you read the biographies of people who fought in that war, you’ll see something very familiar  – The loss of a world of youth, and its replacement by a hideous world of ideologies and political insanities. Everyone who fought in that war resented it, and what it did to their lives in so many ways.

The sheer madness of World War One was a guide to the future in so many ways:

Ridiculous basis for a war: The Archduke who was shot and triggered the war was one of the progressives, trying to address the issues for which he was assassinated. It was a sad event, certainly, but not a good reason for an estimated 20 million deaths and four years of mass human misery. There was no reason for this war at all, on any rational basis. One authority comments that the most striking cause for the war was the sheer mediocrity of the people involved, office boys with no clue about warfare or its possibilities, or how to stop a war from happening.

Maniacal conduct of the war: Even those who assumed a war was inevitable never predicted the results. The sheer slaughter of World War One is still statistically as bad as later wars in terms of massacring combatants, usually to achieve absolutely nothing of military or political value. People were walking in to literal hails of machine gun and artillery fire, and they just kept doing it. Millions were killed, and many more maimed for life. The only people who benefited were the arms manufacturers. Everyone else lost.

The most vague political concepts of the war: By 1915, Europe and Russia were annihilating their soldiers at thousands per day, with no clear view of what was to be achieved except “victory”, at the price of an entire generation. Even the Vietnam War doesn’t quite reach this level of mindless obsession.

Social catastrophes: The Russian Revolution, the creation of a maimed and barely viable Germany, and the legacy of Britain’s horrendous war costs were the catalysts for a disgusting, politically corrupt future and the endless local wars of today.  1918 was the benchmark for political failures of all kinds, and the predecessor of “austerity”, that worldwide obscenity, in its first form.

Hijacking democracy: The rise of Fascism, Nazism and Communism date from 1918, too. Ultra-capitalism in the US the early “1%” and the Depression consolidated capitalism in the West as the so-called antithesis of the anti-democratic movements. In practice, capitalism enforced another form of anti-democracy, the hijacking of government by the big capitalists. The New Deal dealt only with the physical problems, not the venal, verminous mindsets which contaminate the world now.

Propaganda and disinformation: Fake news is nothing new. During and after World War One, it became a science, and the basis for Orwell’s 1984. By 1946, it was a standard tool of governments. Some people still fail to recognise that Big Brother is a stagnant, self-limiting, self-oppressing society, dedicated to preserving its owners, not the society.

Ideological warfare in war and peace: The ideologies which sprouted like diseases from World War One’s gigantic cemeteries were arguably worse than the war. These were the excuses for genocide, fire bombing, mass executions, and the vast human disasters in Europe and Asia. Even colonial genocides didn’t reach these industrial scales of mass murder.

Yes, World War One is your problem in 2018

If you’re one of those people who believes that nothing which happened before you were born is relevant to you, you’re very wrong. The map of human misery as it now exists was made in 1918. A war which never needed to happen at all caused it all.

There’s no reason to believe that so many prosperous countries would have torn each other, and themselves, to pieces and set the scene for the 20th century’s hideous “entertainments”. The Holocaust, the Great Depression, and the Cold War could never have happened without World War One.

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This book is all about fears. It includes a monster which learns how to bore people to death and the wonderful town of Pithcurdle, in which the coming of the dreaded Toothpaste Man is a cause for celebration.

Germany, a middle class country in normal times, could never have been the scene for Nazism without the Treaty of Versailles which sent it broke even before the Depression. Global colonialism would have come and gone on its own. Social changes and improvements for the poor were already happening in the West, and percolating to the East. Before World War One, there were no fanatics running nations. Even when the Russian and Chinese Revolutions first happened, they were led by moderates and academics, not fanatics and criminals.

Science couldn’t have been so easily diverted to military industrial uses, either. World War One turned basic technologies in to high value commercial assets. War, in effect, became truly profitable, and easy to distribute, worldwide. No prizes for seeing the modern parallels and their equally repulsive ramifications.

The same methods, the same stupidity and same basic mindsets are still in play. They’re like some sort of rotting corpse centre stage at a wedding which never quite happens. For some reason, these ugly bastard children of World War One are still calling the shots, a century later.

World War One As Part of Your Life? Yes. Lucky You.

Those who don’t learn from history are fools at best, traitors to humanity at worst. Look and learn. History is the greatest horror stories ever written, and you’re in it, whether you like it or not. NONE of the problems have been solved. If you don’t recognise history as a threat, you may well become history well before your time.

 

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Are the rich insane?


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2When you live in a world based on bad management, you have to start wondering whether the culture of the Rich Insane has any possible basis in fact. You don’t have to be rich to be insane, but it certainly is much more convenient. The problem here is that being rich is becoming synonymous with being insane.

We all know the rich conspiracy theories. Nobody cares about them. Drivel is drivel, and that’s it. The simple fact is that rich people don’t need conspiracy theories. For example – The endless theories about the Rothschilds running the world; they did that 200 years ago, dominating European commerce and politics. Then they apparently got out of the habit. People that rich have better things to do than run the world and burden themselves with tedious politicians. Ditto the Rockefellers, etc etc.

Some rich people, however, apparently can’t get enough of politics, the last word in human insanity. The Koch brothers, some incomprehensible reason, wallowed in the absolute epitome of human mediocrity, the American Tea Party. Trump, who is by any standards a very low ranking billionaire, if that, has collected a rabble of evangelists, a cacophony of rednecks, and buffoonery of businessmen around him. It seems the rich don’t mind associating with scum, either.

Who you associate with says a lot about who you are. Like calls to like, scum calls to scum, and so on. You have to question the judgement, however, people who are running countries and corporations who associate with people like that.

Rich equals dumb, or just insane?

The old theory goes that mediocrities hire people even stupider than they are. Dumb hires dumber. Idiots hire morons. Criminals hire fall guys. This theory would explain the world rather nicely, if people weren’t paying so much money for it.

Of all people on Earth, the rich have the most to lose. Why would rich people want to live in a global sewer? Let alone a sewer full of diseases, nutcases, and “useful idiots”? They don’t need to do that. Can you be sane, and tolerate such utter stupidity?

This is a world made by bad calls:

  • World War I
  • The Great Depression
  • World War II
  • Soviet communism
  • The Cultural Revolution
  • Colonialism
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Fundamentalism of all kinds
  • Criminal corporations
  • Gun violence
  • Poverty
  • Religious corruption
  • Scientific corruption
  • Polarising politics
  • Land mismanagement
  • Ecological mismanagement
  • Environmental mismanagement
  • Ocean mismanagement
  • Health mismanagement
  • Education mismanagement
  • Infrastructure mismanagement
  • Financial mismanagement
  • Breakdown of rule of law tolerated by politicians around the world

This is a virtual inventory of all the major human issues which are absolutely critical for the existence of a civilisation. The chronic, systematic mismanagement is effectively anti-humanity.

… And the rich are OK with that? The only people who actually have a say in anything, aren’t saying anything. At all. About anything.

There may be a clue – Some years ago, Jamie Johnson, heir to the Johnson & Johnson group, made a video called The 1%. Johnson was astonished to find people reacting very badly to his questions, including his family.

One of his interviewees, in fact, even got disinherited, simply for talking to him. Not one of these people understood that the questions he was asking were exactly the questions his generation needs to ask.

If being rich is grounds for optimism, you need to read this. All is for the best in this best of all possible worlds, eh?

One thing that occurred to me was that these very rich people seem to be scared of something. What do multi-billionaires have to be scared of, you may well ask? Being a rich person can be very risky, but you can buy yourself some security. You don’t really have to put up with anything much when you’re that rich.

It doesn’t make a lot of sense that people who made their money out of making good calls can tolerate people making so many bad calls, particularly at their expense. Even the theory that you make money out of pharmaceuticals doesn’t help very much when most of your products are tangled up in lawsuits, many don’t work, and people simply can’t afford your products.

It’s lousy economics, and it’s worse business practice. Even in an ultra-materialistic (not to say totally vacuous) society, legal, personal and corporate suicide isn’t necessarily the best option. It cannot possibly be any kind of mystery to people who have direct access to any information they want that global mismanagement is now all that is happening.

Would you have to be insane to accept this situation? Yes. In clinical theory, anything which is anti-personal survival is irrational. Even if you happen to be one of the very naive people who believes in exterminating the poor and replacing them with artificial intelligence and robots, supporting a situation which guarantees your own extermination is not particularly intelligent.

Brave New World is about a stagnant,, class-based society which does nothing and goes nowhere. You may be an Alpha, but that’s compared to idiots.

It is well known that rich people are very much like junkies. They are basically money addicts, needing more to get a high every time. That’s not news. The best description of this phenomenon is something like “status masturbation”; it’s harmless among underachievers, but very dangerous among the very rich. It is a type of obsessive compulsive disorder, taken to extremes.

… Which is all very nice, but when it comes to destroying the planet and humanity, nobody has to put up with it. During the French Revolution and the Russian Revolution, the rich were immediately attacked, and effectively destroyed. There is absolutely nothing to prevent a similar outbreak, anywhere on Earth, anytime in future. It is quite impossible that the rich could be unaware of that situation, either. As it is, they are inevitable targets for extortion, blackmail, and any other hobbies that criminals might find interesting. If an entire society goes on the rampage, however, things could get a lot worse, very quickly.

Forms of insane

So why antagonise the entire human race? Arguably the only people on Earth hated more than politicians are rich people. The rich are seen as controlling the politicians, and therefore responsible for everything that goes wrong.

The fact that so many very rich people try to help doesn’t have much of an impact. Charity from the rich is seen as an obligation, not as a personal contribution. The rich as a class are seen as the problem, rather than role models or aspirational goals. Celebrity culture, the bargain bin discount version of being rich, is also an antagonistic image to most people. Flaunting wealth is a very good way of annoying people. People naturally want what they don’t have, and reminding them that they don’t have it is not a good move.

Is it insane to antagonise the entire human race? Probably. Showing off is very cute among very young kids, but among adults, it is considered very poor taste, actually offensive. Yet, with a sort of maniacal glee, it happens every single day of the week. At the same time, not one single attempt at solving any of the real human problems is made.

I was reading a thing in the New Yorker the other day about a public relations consultant who advised Margaret Thatcher. This job could be said to be very much like advising a house brick, yet the public relations consultant was full of admiration for Thatcher, and her non-existent ideals and achievements. I suppose that happens when you’re in public relations; you create the image, and then you have to believe in it.

The rich are creating an almost unbelievably negative image for themselves. No good can possibly come of it. I’m not saying that you could instantly make the rich popular with some sort of hand out or give away, but shutting up would be an extremely good idea. Supporting obviously incompetent political idiots is also something that can be stopped pretty easily. Worth a thought? Because doing nothing really would be insane.

 

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