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Against transparency, truth, balance

posted by Harry J. Bentham

The standard argument against transparency needs to be ridiculed for the nonsense it is. It always sounds exactly the same. Want to label GMO products? Want to label products made in Israeli illegal settlements in Palestine? Want to show people […]

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Accepting refugees admits west’s guilt

posted by Harry J. Bentham

The reason our countries in the so-called west have an exceptional burden to accommodate refugees from the world’s conflict zones is because of an implicit admission of grave, very grave guilt. We admit that we destroyed the countries whose people […]

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Needs of the many against survival of the few

posted by Harry J. Bentham

After reading a number of key chapters of interest in the book Prospects for Human Survival, which I received a review copy of from the Lifeboat Foundation, I believe the author is somewhat misguided. I admit this is a matter […]

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Cologne attackers were not Muslims

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Interestingly, there are efforts in media and the blogosphere (an example here) to portray some debauched, drunken molesters in Cologne, Germany as “Muslims” and represent their behavior as if it’s something condoned in Islam. I believe their behavior was not typical […]

Saudi Arabia’s not-so-Sunni world

posted by Harry J. Bentham

More than ever, the monarchical government of Saudi Arabia is portraying itself as the saviour of the Sunni world (the Sunnis being the largest denomination of Muslims, for readers unfamiliar with this topic). Don’t buy into the idea that a narrow, unrepresentative monarchy can […]

Armed militants took over, nothing to see

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Although many unfortunate happenings are taking place in the world at this very moment, and I cannot possibly manage to talk about them all, I want to focus on a more bewildering one in this post tonight. It has come to a lot […]

Media disintegration

posted by Harry J. Bentham

I want to back up a recent opinion put forward by Steve Topple, a British blogger who emerged from almost complete obscurity to become a very articulate op-ed writer. Steve appealed against the formation of new media elites. A new centre-left […]

The future is lost unless it gives gifts to all

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Around this Christmas, I received review copies of Visions of the Future and other important Lifeboat Foundation books. Primarily collections of essays authored by other Lifeboat Foundation members (compare to my own main futurist work, the pocket-size Catalyst thesis that you can […]

Fusion power is not the answer

posted by Harry J. Bentham

The implications of nuclear fusion power as a panacea for the world’s energy needs are not good. There are better alternatives and I’d like to write about them again. As explained by nuclear power critic Linda Gunter in a recent […]

Racism is growing with perceived political failings

posted by Harry J. Bentham

It is now difficult to deny that racism is growing in a number of Western countries, and racist politicians who would have been considered corrosive or marginal to society only a decade ago are currently on the verge of being elected […]

UK airstrikes in Syria are like sinking sand

posted by Harry J. Bentham

I want to comment a second time about the Syrian conflict in light of reports about a recent stabbing that apparently took place in London. When arguing for illegal unilateral UK airstrikes in Syria, pro-war speakers in Parliament said they believed Britain would be safer […]

Globalisation is necessary and good

posted by Harry J. Bentham

The main target in conspiracy theories of the Alex Jones type are “the globalists”, the proponents of so-called globalisation. However, I’m here to say I am a globalist and that globalisation is necessary and good. Globalists believe in a global community. […]

Small alternative media call for support

posted by Harry J. Bentham

The small popular Representative Press channel at YouTube has created a petition to gather support against Google for imposing financial hardship on some alternative media channels hosted at the giant video-sharing website. Use the link below to add your own […]

‘Might makes wrong’, makes responsibility

posted by Harry J. Bentham

When it comes to moral and political struggles, the use of ‘might makes right’ as a characterization of the opponent’s view is often used. The claim that might does not make right sounds like a Christian-inspired one. Nietzsche would probably have scoffed at it, […]

Common heritage of humanity: sharing

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Much that was once expensive is cheap. Much that was once priced is now free. It’s already a reasonable prediction in futurist circles that everything will someday be free, recognised as a common heritage of humanity. This is often seen as Utopian reasoning, but […]

Mont Order society declares 7 principles

posted by Harry J. Bentham

The little online Mont Order society appears to have convened near the end of October with the intention to codify some principles. At the end of that conference, there were 7 simple points put together to represent the agenda of the Mont Order […]

Myth of progress, reality of change

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Social progress, which is closely tied to the notion of modernity, has been a core belief of the so-called Western world since, possibly, the French Revolution. It is not without merit, but simplistic assertions that modern Western political systems are the best can obscure […]

Theocracy is not necessarily bad

posted by Harry J. Bentham

The word “theocracy” tends to elicit negative reactions in the English-speaking world. Shall we conclude theocracy is always bad, or that theocracy is sometimes good? Theocracy is a model of state governed by authority from an allegedly divine source. All government is built upon idolising documents, flags, ideas […]

UN Security Council inaction is good

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Many political commentators complain about the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)’s inability to solve international crises. And although I am a Jacobin who rarely defends any political institution, I must defend the UN Security Council. The Security Council is a brute force institution, […]

Climate change and war, Africa to Arctic

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Arguments about the reality of climate change aside, desertification and depletion of water are undisputed facts, as are conflicts related to growing water scarcity. Melting of glacial ice is also a fact, and carries perhaps just as many consequences for the future of […]

Synbio scientists more than playing God

posted by Harry J. Bentham

It is a fact that science now has the capacity to introduce whole new species. The means of such creation is synbio, synthetic biology. To people with conservative ideas about humanity and nature (James Hughes would say bioconservative) the rapid development of synbio […]

Syrian refugees don’t owe Europe anything

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Un menteur est toujours prodigue de serments. A liar is always lavish of oaths. Pierre Corneille The migrant refugee crisis taking place in Europe is filled with scenes of irony and poetic justice, as European countries smeared in Syria’s blood are […]

Why are science and technology not ending poverty?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Je ne dis ces choses que dans la mesure où je considère que cela permet de les transformer. I do not say such things except insofar as I consider this to permit some transformation of things. Michel Foucault We have […]

Patriot or parrot?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

La grandeur du crime est la seule différence qu’il y ait entre un conquérant et un brigand. The scale of the crime is the sole difference between a conqueror and a thief. Marat Patriotism has negative connotations in some countries […]

Don’t expect world peace if war criminals are not punished

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Douter de tout ou tout croire, ce sont deux solutions également commodes, qui l’une et l’autre nous dispensent de réfléchir. To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection. Henri […]

Is immigration good or bad?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

The government in a revolution is the despotism of liberty against tyranny. Le gouvernement de la révolution est le despotisme de la liberté contre la tyrannie. Robespierre Conversations in the media about Donald Trump’s anti-immigration canards, the migrant crisis in […]

Putin the peacemaker?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Mon siège est fait. My siege is finished. René-Aubert Vertot The vilification of Vladimir Putin in the media makes us blind to the good he does. Unlike the US, which supports failed rebel groups in Syria who are killing one another, the Russian […]

Do moderate Islamic politics have a future in Europe?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

J’ai un but, une tâche, disons le mot, une passion. Le métier d’écrire en est une violente et presque indestructible. I have an object, a task, let me say the word, a passion. The profession of writing is a violent […]

Citizens of the world, citizens of what?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

On n’enseigne pas l’intellectualisme en une école. Intellectualism is not taught in school. Jules de Gaultier The idea that countries should welcome everyone and citizenship should be charitably extended to everyone also gives rise to the idea of “citizens of […]

Organization without organization?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Quar nous navons volu ne volons le Temple mettre en aucune servitute se non tant come il hy affiert. For we did not and do not wish the Temple to be placed in any servitude except that which is fitting. […]

Obama loses three wars and trillions of dollars by opposing Putin

posted by Harry J. Bentham

L’on peut me réduire à vivre sans bonheur, Mais non pas me résoudre à vivre sans honneur. I can be forced to live without happiness, But I will never consent to live without honor. Pierre Corneille At this moment, the […]

“Black Pride” vs. “White Pride”?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Une société sans religion est comme un vaisseau sans boussole A society without religion is like a ship without a compass Napoleon Bonaparte Should anti-racists condemn Black racism (where it can legitimately be proven to exist) against white people? Above: […]

Third Worldists vs. Neoconservatives

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Le colonialisme n’est pas une machine à penser, n’est pas un corps doué de raison. Colonialism is not a thinking machine, is not a body endowed with reason. Frantz Fanon Should antistatists and anti-nationalists in the West condemn, ignore or support small […]

Is “Internet” spelled with a capital “I”?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

La première maxime de votre politique doit être qu’on conduit le peuple par la raison, et les ennemis du peuple par la terreur The first maxim of your policy ought to be to lead the people by reason and the […]

My work at Press TV: the end?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Il vaut mieux hasarder de sauver un coupable que de condamner un innocent. It is better to risk sparing a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one. Voltaire To terminate any potential speculation about my reasons for no longer […]

Someone feels threatened by the Internet, and the person who threatens them is you

posted by Harry J. Bentham

N’est-on jamais tyran qu’avec un diadème? Is there no tyrant but the crowned one? Joseph Chénier At the time I am writing this post, I have nearly finished reading Glenn Greenwald’s 2014 book No Place to Hide. I have opted to […]

Will the so-called Patriot Act perish on Monday?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Tremblez, tyrans, vous êtes immortels. Tremble, ye tyrants, for ye can not die. Jacques Delille American lawmakers have a chance to let the so-called Patriot Act perish by doing nothing. Image via Twitter user @benmarlin The legislation justifying mass spying […]

Politricks: is Anonymous immortal, are its methods supernatural?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Je vais où va toute chose, Où va la feuille de rose I go where all nature goes, Where goes the leaf of the rose, Antoine-Vincent Arnault The greatest thing to happen to politics in the Twenty-First Century isn’t political […]

Was Edward Snowden betrayed by the Guardian?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Je prononce à regret cette fatale vérité It is with regret that I pronounce a fatal truth Maximilien Robespierre The Snowden Files (Luke Harding) and No Place to Hide (Glen Greenwald), two leading books on a single subject: Edward Snowden. […]

The amphitheater of national politics belies hegemony

posted by Harry J. Bentham

On ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; What is essential is invisible to the eye. Antoine de Saint Exupéry Even as the negotiations […]

The war you never saw: the Press versus the Blogosphere

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Il semble que la perfection soit atteinte non quand il n’y a plus rien à ajouter, mais quand il n’y a plus rien à retrancher. It seems that perfection is attained not when there is nothing more to add, but […]

L’Ordre de la Montagne, a blogging society’s ascension

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Nous sommes tous montagnards, vive la montagne! We are all Montagnards, vive La Montagne! Slogan used in an address to the Jacobin Club, 1793 I have been privileged to help publicize a growing club of bloggers known as the Mont Order […]

A pluralistic or secular constitution doesn’t attack a religion, but protects them all

posted by Harry J. Bentham

C’est magnifique, mais ce n’est pas la guerre: c’est de la folie. It is magnificent, but it is not war; it is madness. Pierre Bosquet This blog’s primary focus is religion and politics. Either subject is inherently controversial, but no […]

Whistleblowers unleash the fire of militant disrespect against our rulers

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Il est dangereux d’avoir raison dans des choses où des hommes accrédités ont tort. It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong. Voltaire Snowden was a titan. With individuals such as him, what need for “movements” or […]

Snowden: one-man’s triumphant revolt against a system

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Le mensonge et la crédulité s’accouplent et engendrent l’Opinion. Lying and credulity mate and engender Opinion. Paul Valéry One man can shake the world’s most powerful government. What chance would it have against many? I am currently in the process […]

Every country’s authority will weaken, causing formal and informal disintegration

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Les maux de la résistances sont grands, je le sais, mais de la résignation ne sont-ils pas mille pire ! The evils of resistance are great, I know, but of resignation are they not a thousand worse! Prosper-Olivier Lissagaray Stratfor recently […]

Autocracy versus autocracy: our democratic states are superior to nothing

posted by Harry J. Bentham

L’imagination est la reine du vrai, et le possible est une des provinces du vrai. Imagination is the queen of truth, and the possible is one of the provinces of truth. Charles Baudelaire It’s easy to mock dictatorships for being […]

Surveillance, paranoia, disinformation and restrictions on speech endanger freedoms: Mont Order advisers

posted by Harry J. Bentham

L’information ne se comporte pas du tout comme la matière : contrairement à un caillou, elle n’a pas de position spatiale ni temporelle et on peut à loisir la dupliquer, la partager, la résumer, la supprimer… The information does not […]

Questions to the Mont Order

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Le scélérat a ses vertus, comme l’honnête homme a ses faiblesses. The villain has his virtues, like the honest man has his weaknesses. Pierre Choderlos de Laclos The first ever online conference among available Mont Order participants has been organized, and is likely […]

The purpose of the Order

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Je sens que j’existe, mais je ne sais pas ce que je suis. I feel that I exist, but I do not know what I am. Nicolas Malebranche We should embrace the fact that many of the critics of our excessive […]

On the Cards: antistatism as a sound political life, not another ideological house of cards

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Toutes les fois que je donne une place vacante, je fais cent mècontents et un ingrat. Every time that I fill a high office, I make one hundred men discontented and one ungrateful. Louis XIV Anarchism is many things, and […]

Obama’s plan for the sanctions on Russia to fail: America surrenders to Cuba, Iran

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Oui, c’est l’Europe, depuis l’Atlantique jusqu’à l’Oural, c’est toute l’Europe, qui décidera du destin du monde. Yes, it is Europe, from the Atlantic to the Urals, it is Europe, it is the whole of Europe, that will decide the fate […]

Mont as a humble club of voices, based on collective support

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Nous sommes tous montagnards, vive la montagne! We are all Montagnards, vive La Montagne! Slogan used in an address to the Jacobin Club, 1793 Just a small update, the Mont Order Club has recently added a new member to our […]

United States of Asphyxiation: exceptional torture, or torturous exceptionalism?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Vous dites que vous êtes mon juge, avisez-vous bien de ce que vous faites, car en vérité, je suis envoyée de par Dieu et vous vous mettez en grand danger. You say that you are my judge. I do not […]

Snowden’s actions put 007 at risk. Also, who cares?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Le Mal est dans la chose même et le remède est violent. Il faut porter la cognée à la racine. The solution to evil is violent. We must take the hatchet to the root. Jean-Paul Marat The heads of the National […]

Welfare is the sum of all political and economic health

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Toutes les lois seront arrêtées par le peuple, après avoir pris le temps de voir ce qui est en jeu All laws should be decided by the people, after taking the time to see what is at stake Jean-Paul Marat My next […]

“Arrogant” UK public didn’t “buy in” enough secret expertise to understand TTIP?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Pour savoir qui règne sur vous, tout simplement savoir qui vous n’êtes pas autorisé à critiquer. To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize. Voltaire One issue I would like to take […]

All regimes are illegitimate: the day after America’s End of History

posted by Harry J. Bentham

By sealing our work with our blood, we may see at least the bright dawn of universal happiness. En scellant notre ouvrage de notre sang, nous puissions voir au moins briller l’aurore de la félicité universelle. Maximilien Robespierre Much of […]

NATO: casting a nuclear shadow over humanity, subverting peace in our time

posted by Harry J. Bentham

La politique, quand elle est un art et un service, non point une exploitation, c’est une action pour un idéal à travers des réalités. Politics, when it is an art and a service, not an exploitation, is about acting for […]

Amplifying your voice as a blogger: practical guidance

posted by Harry J. Bentham

L’accent est l’âme du discours. Accent is the soul of language. Jean-Jacques Rousseau I am constantly looking for new ways to enhance the voices of fellow bloggers and make the web an even more anarchic and democratic place than it […]

“A Common Heritage”: from The Venus Project to the Battle for the Net

posted by Harry J. Bentham

C’est la guerre qui est le moteur des institutions et de l’ordre War is the motor behind institutions and order. Michel Foucault Recently, I had an article published in issue 13 of The Venus Project (TVP) Magazine, the official magazine of The […]

Punish Google with boycotts, whistleblowing, and resignations

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Les mortels sont égaux; ce n’est pas la naissance, C’est la seule vertu qui fait la différence. All men are equal; it is not their birth, But virtue itself that makes the difference. Voltaire I am very glad about the impact my […]

Submissions and opportunities at ClubOfINFO and the Mont Order

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Le désespoir lui-même, pour peu qu’il se prolonge, devient une sorte d’asile dans lequel on peut s’asseoir et reposer. Despair itself if it goes on long enough, can become a kind of sanctuary in which one settles down and feels […]

#lordre: a proud signatory against the hostile, secret TTIP negotiations

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Lorsqu’on se pose vraiment les questions, on donne de meilleures réponses que si l’on se contente de lire les réponses convenues. When you really ask yourself the questions, you give better answers than if we merely read the conventional answers. […]

Hollande’s Syria comments: evil or stupid?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Bachar al-Assad est l’allié objectif des jihadistes Bashar al-Assad is the de facto ally of the jihadists (fighting to oust him) Francois Hollande Normally, I preface my posts on this blog with something wise from great French politicians and scholars, […]

To question or quench an idea

posted by Harry J. Bentham

La superstition met le monde entier en flammes; la philosophie les éteint. Superstition sets the whole world in flames; philosophy quenches them. Voltaire Putting together anti-statist and anti-nationalist essays has been one of my biggest objectives publishing online. Challenging prejudices and […]

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Look out for my book review
I have a very extensive book review recently written of the Lifeboat Foundation book Prospects for Human Survival, which may appear at h+ Magazine. Two additional book reviews by me are also in the works, right now. Today, I wrote far too ...

posted 10:09:52pm Feb. 07, 2016 | read full post »

Syrian opposition's hopeless peace
Although the Syrian conflict needs to end, I agree with other analysts that the current uninspiring peace talks are probably not the solution.  One side, the "rebels", is dramatically losing the battle and it seems like they are only ...

posted 3:56:21pm Feb. 06, 2016 | read full post »

Against transparency, truth, balance
The standard argument against transparency needs to be ridiculed for the nonsense it is. It always sounds exactly the same. Want to label GMO products? Want to label products made in Israeli illegal settlements in Palestine? Want to show ...

posted 8:49:24pm Jan. 31, 2016 | read full post »

Accepting refugees admits west's guilt
The reason our countries in the so-called west have an exceptional burden to accommodate refugees from the world's conflict zones is because of an implicit admission of grave, very grave guilt. We admit that we destroyed the countries whose ...

posted 10:43:38pm Jan. 30, 2016 | read full post »

The Mont Order in 2016
Since there is not much new to share or talk about other than in my last post this weekend, I will just direct you to read a recent set of email texts from within the Mont Order society on the idea of political violence. I also want to direct ...

posted 12:12:20am Jan. 25, 2016 | read full post »

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