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Convictions create modern religions and do away with science

The Western world is at its apex and begins to slowly disintegrate. This is also the case for its academia, where the search for knowledge has been replaced by conformity to the ideas of egalitarianism. The damage done to science is not visible to the full extent yet, but it will eventually ruin the reputation of the Western scientific standards.

That Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory stripped Professor James Watson, the discoverer of DNA of world renown, of all his honorary titles after he had made – as they put it – reprehensible remarks about the mental inequality of human races is one of the many examples of political correctness supplanting science. In this way the Laboratory trashed a centuries-old tradition of free debate that stems from the least the times of Saint Thomas Aquinas.

One of Thomas Aquinas’s most important contributions to our civilization was the separation of the knowledge about the natural world from faith; of science from theology. Stating that true knowledge cannot be attained by religious contemplation, he also liberated scientific inquiry from moral judgement. Admittedly, during the following years and centuries there were still disputes between philosophers and scientists on the one hand and theologians on the other. The most notorious one played out at the beginning of the 17th century when Galileo Galilei, an Italian astronomer, made an attempt to propagate the Copernican view that the earth revolved around the sun rather than the other way about, as a result of which he had to stand trial and was forced to recant. This event has been adduced on and on to prove that the Church’s attitude to science has been for the most time hostile. Continue reading

Children are the political tool of choice in the hands of shameless propagandists

Policy-making has been with us since the dawn of humanity and generally its rules are timeless. Governments, heads of states, diplomats, religious leaders – whether they are part of the establishment or in opposition – have employed various instruments in a bid to tip the balance of the power play to their advantage. These included propaganda, finances, religions or ideologies and – the most powerful of all – emotions. It is, however, the twentieth century that made extensive use of… children. Not that the instrument was not known earlier: the reader will have remembered the Children’s Crusade of the Middle Ages, for instance.

With the advent of the visual mass media – photography, film footage, television, the internet – this present-day biblia pauperum, the lay and religious leaders alike have learnt to how make a highly emotional appeal to the public through children. The effectiveness of this instrument cannot be overrated. Why, we are – men and women – biologically hardwired to positively respond to a child’s facial expressions. If you want to gain support for aid directed toward a far-away country, you post pictures of children’s lovely faces, now sad, now smiling – whichever better suits the purpose at a given time and place – and the hearts and minds of the receivers of the message are sure to be won over. That’s the power of an innocent child’s face, as we are accustomed to saying.

Nowadays presidents, prime ministers, monarchs – some of them intentionally childless! – and popes like to be filmed with or photographed in the company of children. The message is clear: someone who likes children is good, intends no harm. The little ones are not only used to elevate a politician’s image but also to advance and advocate a policy.

Case in point: Engelsina Markizova. She ran up to Joseph Stalin during a state celebration, he picked her up and gave her a hug, and the images of this even showing in a simple manner the humaneness of the top communist leader were later popularized throughout the Soviet Union. Continue reading

The revolution of the petty bourgeoisie

The 2008 financial disaster marked the beginning of a deep identity crisis in the West. After the collapse of American Lehman Brothers, governments around the globe began to support their financial institutions with unlimited amounts of tax money. Small and middle size companies would bankrupt and people in the United States continued to be evicted from their houses while the financial elite would receive a handsome amount of public support. In other words: socialism for Wall Street, capitalism for Main Street. It became painfully clear that the free market and capitalism did not work for the banks and financial institutions.

Then followed the euro crisis, with Greece’s debt at its centre. Particular European economies are suffering from the imbalance between income and a rising public debt. In 2015 it was apparent that the European leadership had no solution for Greece let alone for similar problems that will soon inevitably emerge in Spain, France and Italy.

Gefira Financial Bullletin #30 is available now

  • The portents are not good
  • Possessed by an ideology: The re-emergence of Marxism
  • The Green Party, Communists and Governing Corporations

During the 2008-2015 time frame there was a widespread opposition among the common against the financial establishment, European governments and the monetary system. The resentment was stoked by the perception that the whole system was unfair against the normal working man. In 2015 radical left-wing politician Alexis Tsipras took office in Greece and socialists like Yanis Varoufakis, Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders became the protectors of the middle and working classes. The political climate seems perfect for the socialists and yet socialist parties are declining.

It is not merely inequality that matters. Most Western countries are implementing a redistribution of wealth from the middle to the lower classes. For example, in the Netherlands a family with one working adult and a yearly income of 20 thousand gets 7 thousand euros in subsidies, thus pocketing 27 thousand, whereas a person having a 31 thousand income must pay 3 thousand euros in tax, and since he receives no subsidies, he lands up with 28 thousand euros. For all practical purposes 10 thousand difference in income comes to naught.

In 2015 Europe was confronted with an invasion of immigrants of biblical proportions. Sweden had been replacing its own shrinking population with people from the Third World for a long time earlier, but it was in that year that suddenly the common people began to realize that this demographic process, slow though it may be, has become unstoppable.

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Gefira-Bulletin #30

The first issue of the 2019 Gefira turns our attention to the more than a century old economic, philosophical and social movement commonly known as Marxism. Our readers will have remembered last year's unveiling of the monument – a gift from the People's Republic of China - to Karl Marx in Trier and the ensuing commemorations of the philosopher and his ideas held – of all the places – in a church. Despite the spectacular debacle of real socialism in Eastern Europe, despite the collapse of the Soviet Union and despite the triumphant march of capitalism in an otherwise formally communist China, Marxism in the West is doing well. Just as a reminder: It is a philosophy which – painted with a broad brush – perceives the world as the combat between the oppressors (basically owners of the means of production plus the creators of the cultural superstructure that serves their interests) and the oppressed (originally a narrow term denoting people who could only sell their work, nowadays extended to women, homosexuals, non-white people, or generally all kinds of minorities). Marxism combats the former and advances the latter. The left-wing parties are popular and their rank-and-file members or sympathizers are recruited from the swaths of disgruntled, often unemployed, young people.

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The first issue of the 2019 Gefira turns our attention to the more than a century old economic, philosophical and social movement commonly known as Marxism. Our readers will have remembered last year's unveiling of the monument – a gift from the People's Republic of China - to Karl Marx in Trier and the ensuing commemorations of the philosopher and his ideas held – of all the places – in a church. Despite the spectacular debacle of real socialism in Eastern Europe, despite the collapse of the Soviet Union and despite the triumphant march of capitalism in an otherwise formally communist China, Marxism in the West is doing well. Just as a reminder: It is a philosophy which – painted with a broad brush – perceives the world as the combat between the oppressors (basically owners of the means of production plus the creators of the cultural superstructure that serves their interests) and the oppressed (originally a narrow term denoting people who could only sell their work, nowadays extended to women, homosexuals, non-white people, or generally all kinds of minorities). Marxism combats the former and advances the latter. The left-wing parties are popular and their rank-and-file members or sympathizers are recruited from the swaths of disgruntled, often unemployed, young people.

Socialist ideas are are so very well rooted in our minds that even the right-wing parties are not aware of how much leftist some or most of their ideas are. The European Union itself is made up of social(ist) states whose governments pursue a policy of social justice, a typically Marxist tenet. What strikes as qualitatively new is the symbiosis between highly placed left wing politicians and the financiers or bankers i.e. between social justice warriors and capitalists who, as mentioned above, originally belonged to the hated class of the oppressors. One might say, the Chinese model in reverse. Beijing, which is formally communist, has opted for capitalist economy, whereas Europe, which is formally capitalist, has opted for socialist redistribution of wealth.

Also the Green movement is a branch of Marxism. It is the plant and animal world that are perceived by the movement's activists as the oppressed and humanity – as the oppressors. It is due to the pressure exerted by this movement that the Western world has decided on the great energy transition, giving up on fossil fuels and adopting renewables instead. The exchange of tens of millions of vehicles from those running on petrol or diesel to those powered by electricity that is planned to take place within more or less a decade (depending on a country) is a revolutionary step of huge proportions whose economic and what follows social outcome is difficult to predict. Read more subscribe:

Gefira 30 Content

The portents are not good.
The revolution of the middle class.
Societies have turned themselves into collective doomsday preppers.

Possessed by an ideology: The re-emergence of Marxism
Ideologies possess us.
Eternal Marxism.
Marxist gurus.
The socialists just hate the rich.

The Green Party, Communists and Governing Corporations.
Socialist ideas among German parties.
Socialists march hand in hand with capitalists.

Recommendations.
Energy transition.
Rare earths and metals.

Gefira-Bulletin #29

This bulletin takes us on a trip to France and the Balkans. The former has been torn by numerous protests commonly referred to as yellow vests. The financial burden imposed on society was merely a trigger, the last drop rather than the only cause of the unrest. The French people are voicing their mounting anger at what has been happening to their country for years now: lack of genuine reforms, arrogance of the ruling classes, purposeful ethnic replacement and, and, and. Since France is one of the main pillars of the European Union, its collapse bodes ill for the whole. President Macron is attempting to involve Germany in the problems of its own country, obviously believing in the adage that a trouble shared is a trouble halved. The Balkan ethnic conflicts are far from being appeased: the nine(!) political entities that have been created on the ruins of the former Yugoslavia have arbitrarily drawn borders, people who belong are not allowed to live together (Serbs in Republika Srpska and Serbs in Serbia, to give an example), rumour is doing rounds that Albanians in Kosovo are about to form their own military troops not to mention the political and economic presence in this region of the United States, European Union, Russia, Turkey and – last but not least – China, a new player on the scene. The Balkans are being torn between East and West and the scars of the numerous wars have not been healed. Social unrest, parallel societies, no-go zones and ethnic tensions in Europe with the attendant phenomena of the citizens feeling insecure are increasingly making the manufacturing of intelligent and automated security equipment more and more profitable. Is that the continent's future?

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This bulletin takes us on a trip to France and the Balkans. The former has been torn by numerous protests commonly referred to as yellow vests. The financial burden imposed on society was merely a trigger, the last drop rather than the only cause of the unrest. The French people are voicing their mounting anger at what has been happening to their country for years now: lack of genuine reforms, arrogance of the ruling classes, purposeful ethnic replacement and, and, and. Since France is one of the main pillars of the European Union, its collapse bodes ill for the whole. President Macron is attempting to involve Germany in the problems of its own country, obviously believing in the adage that a trouble shared is a trouble halved.

The Balkan ethnic conflicts are far from being appeased: the nine(!) political entities that have been created on the ruins of the former Yugoslavia have arbitrarily drawn borders, people who belong are not allowed to live together (Serbs in Republika Srpska and Serbs in Serbia, to give an example), rumour is doing rounds that Albanians in Kosovo are about to form their own military troops not to mention the political and economic presence in this region of the United States, European Union, Russia, Turkey and – last but not least – China, a new player on the scene. The Balkans are being torn between East and West and the scars of the numerous wars have not been healed.

Social unrest, parallel societies, no-go zones and ethnic tensions in Europe with the attendant phenomena of the citizens feeling insecure are increasingly making the manufacturing of intelligent and automated security equipment more and more profitable. Is that the continent's future? Read more subscribe:

Gefira 29 Content

European Project Comes to an End.
The yellow vests spell the end of the Fifth Republic and of the European Union.
Integration of the European Union into one superstate.
Implementation of the climate change policies.
Transformation of France into a post European country.
Where are we heading.

The Balkans
Language and ethnicity.
A bit of history and an insight into policy making.
The political present.
Possible scenarios.
China and the Balkans’ economy.

Recommendations.
Oil.
Intelligent or automated security is the future.

 
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