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Harry J. Bentham is a British futurist blogger who has been a contributor at a number of think tanks including the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies since 2013. His work at Press TV and the L'Ordre blog featured at the multi-faith Beliefnet website has gained increasing attention and praise, including in the international media. Commentaries on political and ethical controversies by Bentham have been published at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, H+ Magazine, Dissident Voice and numerous other publications. He edits The clubof.info Blog (http://www.clubof.info/search/label/Harry_J_Bentham).

Play with fire, play God, and play your part

posted by Harry J. Bentham

We all “play God” or “play with fire” at some point. What we do affects people’s lives, even their chances of longevity. But are these things really so bad? Had your ancestors chosen not to play with fire, life might not […]

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Should people stop being born? (beliefs)

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Focusing on rather unusual beliefs, I’d like to look at one that isn’t as unusual as you might think. The idea that people should not have kids. Should people consider the economic costs of having a family? Sure. No-one should bring […]

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Obsessed with equality: my techno-utopia?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

While not under any illusions that it will go viral, I’ve recently been narrating my techno-liberation thesis Catalyst to produce the audio book promised in the last post. Here is what I’ve done so far. I put together a YouTube […]

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Technology is a liberator, especially when it’s risky

posted by Harry J. Bentham

As I said in the last post, the results are not always fantastic, but technology throughout history achieves a lot more good than bad. That’s my argument in my thesis, Catalyst, from back in 2013. Each time I look back […]

Is ignorance a choice? Too much information

posted by Harry J. Bentham

You may have heard the phrase, “in the age of information, ignorance is a choice”. The quote is attributed to Donny Miller, a Christian spiritual writer. But is it true? Is ignorance a choice, or is something else going on in […]

How old are stories? (a theory)

posted by Harry J. Bentham

In the start of the film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick depicts a scene both reminiscent of human prehistory and evolution, and at the same time of mythology. An ape-like human ancestor is depicted first using a bone as […]

Prospects for Human Survival (lifeboathq)

posted by Harry J. Bentham

As promised, I have published my review of the Lifeboat Foundation book Prospects for Human Survival (Willard Wells, 2015). It is more critical than the review of Visions of the Future (also 2015). I think it is harder to predict […]

Will of the universe: does an impersonal god exist?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Fitting for this site, let’s talk about belief – my belief. At times, I am convinced there is a will of the universe. Call it a type of fatalism. I believe when people talk of God, they are in fact talking […]

Visions of the Future (@lifeboathq)

posted by Harry J. Bentham

I’d like to draw your attention to my full review of Visions of the Future, published to h+ Magazine on 31 March 2016. My review of Prospects for Human Survival, also a Lifeboat Foundation book I got a review copy […]

Will you make history? Will history make you?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

When understanding things to come, one must first master the past. Will you make history? Maybe history is just too big, too impersonal, too unwieldy, to be made by you at all. Rather, history has made you. In my view, the landscape of history […]

Human nation under one language… the future?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

A borderless world, a human nation, a global patria*, a world government. These terms will attract you either fervent supporters or legions of enemies, but they are part of the steamroller of history. There is an inevitability to them. Zoltan […]

Synthetic biology… but will dragons exist?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Most people don’t understand what can now be done through modern understandings of biology. If the child in me could ask the pioneers of synthetic biology a question, it might be about dragons. While I am no biologist, I understood […]

Brexit would be bad, but is a useful specter

posted by Harry J. Bentham

A Brexit would be bad for science and welfare – two important pillars of modernity in Britain. It would be a historic step back. Much of the funding towards welfare originates in the European Union, meaning that the rug would be pulled […]

The space case to prevent human extinction

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Human extinction. If it occurred, would it matter? This is not some depressed remark I am making. It is my way of questioning the mandate of a think tank like the Lifeboat Foundation, whose books I have been reviewing but […]

Who are your influences? (belief, philosophy)

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Who are your influences? This is a question I have decided to think about recently, and I encourage you to do the same. Our ideas aren’t purely credited to us. We are all part of an almost infinite continuum of […]

RE: Immanuel Wallerstein on nations

posted by Harry J. Bentham

In response to an excellent commentary by my favorite modern academic, Immanuel Wallerstein, I would like to answer an essential question raised. The question is worded in alternate ways, as follow: Is it left to be internationalist, one-worldist, or is it left […]

Charlie Hebdo and your freedom to hate it

posted by Harry J. Bentham

One of the biggest and most pointless arguments made by Islam-haters is that Muslims oppose “freedom of expression”. Today we get artists, musicians, etc. trying to be as offensive as possible, who cry out that conservative elements of the public or […]

Clash of civilisations refuted

posted by Harry J. Bentham

The Les Politiques blog refutes the idea of a ‘clash of civilisations’ as asserted by International Relations theorists such as Samuel P. Huntington. In short, the article posted there appeals against the idea of an inevitable clash between political, military […]

Syria ceasefire is a route to peace

posted by Harry J. Bentham

As soon as you hear “Russia broke the Syria ceasefire”, remember the ceasefire was Russia’s idea. “Russkies” might make good villains in entertainment, but they have nothing to gain by breaking an agreement they set up. Aggressive critics of the recent Syria ceasefire, which […]

Trident is owned by banksters

posted by Harry J. Bentham

I need to say Steve Topple’s article on Trident is excellent and I recommend reading it. I haven’t written any op-eds on the Trident missile renewal debate in the UK, but if I allowed myself, it couldn’t compete with Steve Topple’s. […]

Conspiracy theories: the biggest conspiracy?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

People don’t have much time on their hands, including me. I’ll at least try to be brief… Despite most people’s lack of time, they still have no end of intellectual curiosity. I won’t call them stupid. Most people are a lot […]

Enernet: a vision of control or liberation?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

One idea that caught my eye while reading the essays compiled in Visions of the Future, a book from the grandiose Lifeboat Foundation, was the so-called “enernet”. Much like the “internet”, the enernet would be a network designed to make […]

Alex Jones, the court jester

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Although many Americans see Alex Jones, talk show host and conspiracy theorist, as a critic of the political “elite”, he could not be further from it. Whether he is aware of it or not, Alex Jones is a member of […]

Look out for my book review

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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 much […]

Syrian opposition’s hopeless peace

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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 negotiating […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Mont Order in 2016

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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 […]

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 […]

US ends sanctions, then imposes them again

posted by Harry J. Bentham

The introduction of new sanctions against Iran at the very moment the US and Europe are saying Iran is complying with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is appalling. It is cynical. If as soon as the US ends […]

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 […]

Erdogan’s war on Kurds and everyone else

posted by Harry J. Bentham

According to a credible analysis from Vijay Prashad for The Hindu, which concurs with the views of many other writers, the Erdogan government in Turkey restarted the conflict with the Kurdish people and is responsible for killing many civilians. It jeopardises the […]

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 […]

Hillary Clinton the destroyer

posted by Harry J. Bentham

I write this hoping Americans will consider carefully who will want them to vote for which 2016 presidential candidate, and why. The people backing up Hillary Clinton are not ordinary Americans, and the people trying to portray her in a positive […]

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 […]

Lies about Islam being in perpetual warfare

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Because others insist on repeating wrong ideas, allow me to repeat what I know to be correct. In Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan and elsewhere there is not a “sectarian war” among Muslims in any sense. The inflammatory remark that […]

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 […]

Stop the War Coalition hypocrisy? I think not

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Quite recently, I tweeted that the Stop the War Coalition is correct to only criticise the wars backed and endorsed by the British government. I was praising an article by John Wight. There is no Stop the War Coalition hypocrisy […]

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 […]

Syria and the Third World War?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Images of a possible Third World War are often invoked by people warning about confrontations between powers like Russia and the US. Usually, we are just being too dramatic by bringing up such images. Most of the time, people are exaggerating. But since […]

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. […]

Neo-Ottoman Empire as a thorn in NATO’s side

posted by Harry J. Bentham

I want to commentate a little here, to offer my thoughts on Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet over Syria. The jet downing highlights the problem that Turkey sees ISIL almost as an ally rather than an enemy. Turkish officials […]

ISIL, a gullible plaything of powers

posted by Harry J. Bentham

It is clear that ISIL, rather than being a grand revolutionary force trying to overturn the mistaken conquests like the Iraq War by the US in the Islamic world as it claims, is no Islamic state but a plaything of various other countries. […]

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, […]

Paris attacks bring Syria war to France

posted by Harry J. Bentham

A recent coordinated murder spree occurred in Paris, most probably by a group from ISIL, the so-called Islamic State (you may know it just as IS or ISIS), who call themselves soldiers but are only brave enough to kill unarmed people. The […]

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 […]

Evolution is immoral, but it’s still real

posted by Harry J. Bentham

A point made by many proponents of the Biblical creation story over modern scientific explanations for the diversity of life will use the argument that evolution lays the basis for an “immoral” view of the world. Supporters of the accepted scientific model […]

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 […]

Stop the Iran deal, stop intelligence

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Various US Republican candidates have threatened to ignore or even stop the Iran deal – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – signed with Iran if they become President. Whatever they may say, the so-called deep state in the US has […]

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, […]

Economic sanctions on a country are a siege

posted by Harry J. Bentham

When countries are called “rogue states” or “the axis of evil”, as George W. Bush said, we as Western countries proceed to put economic sanctions on them. Read my recent Beliefnet feature article, “Does God Endorse Tech?” But the victims are […]

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 […]

Double-edged swords rattle over Russia’s airstrikes

posted by Harry J. Bentham

We may have all heard of the double-edged sword. What you may not have heard is that there are people dumb enough to actually create and use them in hope of harming perceived enemies. I’m thinking of the crazy situation in Syria, […]

Going back to the Christian Crusades is a farce

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Politicians who try to portray the world in terms of an epic struggle between Western “modernity” and Islamic “medievalism” will achieve nothing but send us back to the Christian Crusades. Defenders of Europe as a Christian continent are incredibly naive about their own […]

Defend the Constitution from “Muslims” (and aliens)

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Ben Carson wants to defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic (except himself) Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson’s remark that a Muslim can’t be President of the United States has attracted a set of defenders. They’re ready to stretch […]

Hole in the wall of separation: churches get raided endlessly by the NSA

posted by Harry J. Bentham

The illegal confiscation of all our email and phone call data by the US National Security Agency (NSA) isn’t just unconstitutional within the United States, but is a direct threat to the ability of religious traditions to continue. It is a […]

Ahmed deserved to be arrested for being a Muslim?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Que voulez-vous enseigner avec votre exemple? Qu’il ne faut pas tuer. Et comment enseignez-vous qu’il ne faut pas tuer? En tuant. What do you want to teach with your example? That thou shalt not kill. And how do you teach […]

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 […]

Saudi Arabia insists on sectarian war within Islam

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Après le pain, l’éducation est le premier besoin du peuple. After bread, education is the first need of the people. Georges Danton Saudi Arabia and its supporters are obsessed with saying there is a sectarian war within Islam. While there […]

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 […]

Should America kill everyone for “democracy” in Syria?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Nous ne pouvons arracher une seule page de notre vie, mais nous pouvons jeter le livre au feu. We cannot tear a single page from our life, but we can throw the whole book into the fire. Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin The […]

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 […]

Countdown to NATO defeat and withdrawal in Afghanistan?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

… il n’est rien creu si fermement que ce qu’on sçait le moins, … Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know. Michel de Montaigne When Afghanistan was first invaded by US forces in 2001 and beyond, […]

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 […]

Nuclear deal won’t end the aggression against Iran

posted by Harry J. Bentham

L’homme n’est rien, l’oeuvre – tout The man is nothing, the work – all Gustave Flaubert The nuclear deal reached by Iran with world powers won’t put an end to conspiracies to wage a war of aggression against Iran. The […]

American foreign policy fails again: US-trained Syrian rebels dead

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Qui dépense trop n’est jamais riche. Those who spend too fast never grow rich. Honoré de Balzac The US government’s supposed new plan to take over Syria by arming a small group of rebels ended in them all getting killed […]

How to defeat or tame an ISIL

posted by Harry J. Bentham

O Liberté, que de crimes on commet en ton nom! O Liberty, how many crimes are committed in thy name! Madame Roland What I am about to argue may seem crazy, but events in the Middle East have become so […]

Islam is part of the West now, live with it

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Tous les arts ont produit des merveilles: l’art de gouverner n’a produit que des monstres. Most arts have produced miracles, while the art of government has produced nothing but monsters. Louis Antoine de Saint-Just One type of misinformation that should […]

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 […]

Turkey joins anti-ISIL coalition and bombs anti-ISIL fighters

posted by Harry J. Bentham

La pensée ne doit jamais se soumettre, ni à un dogme, ni à un parti, ni à une passion, ni à un intérêt, ni à une idée préconçue, ni à quoi que ce soit, si ce n’est aux faits eux-mêmes […]

War on Iran would cause, not prevent, nuclear apocalypse

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Rien ne se perd, rien ne se crée, tout se transforme. Nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed. Antoine Lavoisier Opponents of the nuclear energy deal between world powers and the Islamic Republic of Iran are obsessed with […]

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 […]

The toll of tolerance?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Tout le genre humain n’est qu’une famille dispersée sur la face de toute la terre. Tous les peuples sont frères, et doivent s’aimer comme tels. All human kind is but one family, dispersed over the face of the whole earth; […]

Anti-Muslim crusaders aren’t friends of free speech

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Les meilleures lois ne peuvent faire marcher une constitution en dépit des mœurs The best laws cannot make a constitution work in spite of morals Alexis de Tocqueville The dedicated student of politics and religion knows it is comedy to […]

Return of the “Assad gassed his people” lie?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Qui ne sent point assez ferme de memoire, ne se doit pas mêler d’être menteur. Who is not sure of his memory should not attempt lying. Michel de Montaigne The hole in this latest conspiracy theory is that Bashar al-Assad […]

“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 […]

To master the Internet, to master nothing

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Il n’appartient, qu’aux tyrans d’être toujours en crainte. None but tyrants have any business to be afraid. Hardouin de Péréfixe Has the US government managed to “master the Internet”, their favorite way of referring to hoovering up every item of […]

Should Julian Assange face “justice”?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Tyran, descends du trône et fais place à ton maître. Tyrant, step from the throne, and give place to thy master. Pierre Corneille I won’t acknowledge and certainly won’t discuss the criminal accusations against Julian Assange. The true criminal in this instance is the […]

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 […]

Why doesn’t the US just carpet-bomb ISIL and get it over with?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Parce qu’ils n’aiment personne, ils croient qu’ils aiment Dieu. Because they do not like anyone, they believe they love God. Charles Péguy While I mostly criticize US foreign policy, the elimination of ISIL seems like one goal that all civilized […]

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 […]

America and Black hate: is it so easy to blame oppressed people for violence?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Il suffit d’ajouter “militaire” à un mot pour lui faire perdre sa signification. Ainsi la justice militaire n’est pas la justice, la musique militaire n’est pas la musique. It suffices to add “military” to a word for it to lose […]

Fascism restored and glorified just to poke Russia and China?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Les meilleures lois ne peuvent faire marcher une constitution en dépit des mœurs ; les mœurs tirent parti des pires lois. The best laws cannot make a constitution work in spite of morals; morals can turn the worst laws to advantage. […]

These are the voyages of critique and influence

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Où serait le mérite, si les héros n’avaient jamais peur? Where would be the merit if heroes were never afraid? Alphonse Daudet It has occurred to me that I am too partisan on this blog, and a good old vitriolic blog shouldn’t […]

“Islamic State” is too good for its own Prophet?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Ce qui embellit le désert, dit le petit prince, c’est qu’il cache un puits quelque part. What makes the desert beautiful is that it hides, somewhere, a well. Antoine de Saint Exupéry The so-called “Islamic State” infesting Syria and Iraq, […]

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

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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 […]

Predictions on an Ed Miliband government

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Il me paraît que tout acte porte en lui-même sa justification. It seems to me that every act carries within itself its justification. André Breton The most likely “alternative” to the current Cameron government is an Ed Miliband government. I […]

“Assange spreads Russian propaganda”, “Assange is like George W. Bush”, and more gibberish

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L’hypocrisie est un hommage que le vice rend à la vertu. Hypocrisy is an homage that vice pays to virtue. François de La Rochefoucauld I have just finished reviewing Luke Harding’s somewhat disputable 2014 book The Snowden Files, and I hope […]

The war you never saw: the Press versus the Blogosphere

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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 […]

Venezuela and Russia sanctioned, Cuba and Iran “unsanctioned”?

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Les femmes, les enfants et les vieillards, les individus entraînés par la violence ne méritent pas sans doute le même sort que les monstres qui ont ourdi la révolte Women, children and old people, people affected by violence probably do not […]

“Russian propaganda” and “paid trolls”? More like the truth and the blogosphere

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J’adore la liberté; j’abhorre la gêne, la peine, l’assujettissement. I love liberty, and I loathe constraint, dependence, and all their kindred annoyances. Jean-Jacques Rousseau Suddenly, everyone is scared of the scale of “Russian propaganda”. A basic chart comparing the current offenses in […]

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

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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 […]

Easier to accuse a poor isolated regime of censorship than a world-controlling regime?

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Il n’y a pas d’amis : il y a des moments d’amitié. There are no friends: there are moments of friendship. Jules Renard Making it in the mainstream media has and continues to be one my goals. However, controversy is […]

Snowden had to act because the government was too slow

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Le vrai Citoyen préfère l’avantage général à son avantage. The true Citizen prefers everyone’s benefit over his own benefit Jean-Jacques Rousseau Oliver Stone may direct a thriller called Snowden, telling the heroic story of the whistleblower. In anticipation of it, I sought to […]

The US and NATO are like withering vampires hovering over Europe

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Renoncer à sa liberté, c’est renoncer à sa qualité d’homme. To renounce liberty is to renounce being a man. Jean-Jacques Rousseau A very shrewd analysis at Counterpunch titled “NATO Lies and Provocations” responded to a Der Spiegel article, criticizing NATO top general […]

Saudi Arabia’s trail of foolishness, hypocrisy and mistakes from Syria to Yemen

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Les hommes de guerre sont des fléaux du monde. Men of war are the scourge of the world. Guy de Maupassant The Saudis and their allies are usually a puzzle when it comes to foreign policy. In their reaction to events […]

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

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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 […]

Cage’s point about MI5 terrorizing Muslims is credible

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Sous un gouvernement qui emprisonne injustement, la place de l’homme juste est aussi en prison. Under a government which imprisons unjustly, the place of the just man is also a prison. Henry David Thoreau The human rights group Cage has […]

Russian aggression, or a war no-one cares about?

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La haine est un sentiment fatiguant. Hate is a tiring feeling. Éric Delcroix In the harebrained first Crimean War and subsequent Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78, Britain’s history is full of examples of citizens being easily led into fevered nationalism over distant international […]

Attack ideas, not people

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Je meurs en adorant Dieu, en aimant mes amis, en ne haïssant pas mes ennemis et en détestant la superstition. I die adoring God, loving my friends, not hating my enemies, and detesting superstition. Voltaire Returning to the subject of […]

Islamophobia: does Pamela Geller injure the Lifeboat Foundation’s credibility?

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Je ne suis pas la rose, mais j’ai vécu avec elle. I am not the rose, but I have lived near the rose. Benjamin Constant There are a number of issues on my mind today. The first has been the […]

Whistleblowers unleash the fire of militant disrespect against our rulers

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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 […]

Russia invaded Ukraine and Iran will make a nuclear bomb… again?

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Je crois qu’il y a des résistances honnêtes et des rébellions légitimes. I believe that there are honest resistance forces and legitimate rebellions. Alexis de Tocqueville How many times can the liar lie, before people stop believing? Thousands of Russian tanks […]

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

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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

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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

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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 […]

“Free speech”, featuring elitist lies and censorship of the oppressed

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L’histoire nous libère des entraves History frees us from the shackles Henri-Irénée Marrou In a place of elite commentary and closed exclusive media with no reader engagement, is there freedom of speech? Image used at my column based with Iran’s […]

The case for Assad: democracy is ideal, but the situation in Syria is far from ideal

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Hélas! tout est abîme, — action, désir, rêve, Parole! Everything, alas, is an abyss, — actions, desires, dreams, Words! Charles Baudelaire Even as the war in Syria (more like the war on Syria, as squabbling foreign powers try to plot the country’s […]

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

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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

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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 American Sniper is lower than a criminal thug

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La grandeur du crime est la seule différence qu’il y ait entre un conquérant et un brigand. The magnitude of the crime is the only difference there is between a conqueror and a robber. Jean-Paul Marat Governments and their hit-men aren’t […]

Sending weapons for Ukraine to kill its own people helps “free people to defend themselves”, and other drivel

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Dans un état bien ordonné, la liberté de la presse doit être illimitée pour les écrivains qui surveillent les fonctionnaires publics. In a well-ordered state, freedom of the press must be unlimited for writers who monitor public officials. Jean-Paul Marat […]

They’re trying to break the Internet again, and Title II is still the solution

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Les hommes de génie sont des météores destinés à brûler pour éclairer leur siècle. Men of genius are shooting stars destined to burn to light their century. Napoleon Bonaparte Once again, the Battle for the Net is at a critical juncture. […]

The L’Ordre blog visits YouTube

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Ainsi, presque tout est imitation. Thus, almost everything is imitation. Voltaire This post is dedicated to a new medium that I am once again going to use to share my thoughts. That’s right. I have published videos to YouTube in […]

Billions on “democratization” buy new dictators for the people of Egypt and Ukraine

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Il arrivera, donc. ce moment où le soleil n’éclairera plus. sur la terre. que des hommes libres. et ne reconnaissant d’autre maître que leur raison. It will happen, then, in the moment the sun is brightest upon the world, that […]

The war on terror is over: we lost

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La guerre est toujours le premier vœu d’un gouvernement puissant qui veut devenir plus puissant encore. War is always the first wish of a powerful government that wants to become even more powerful. Maximilien de Robespierre The war on terror […]

The purpose of the Order

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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 […]

Charlie Hebdo’s freedom of speech was never violated, it simply had consequences

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Ce que l’on conçoit bien, s’énonce clairement, Et les mots pour le dire arrivent aisément. What is well designed, is expressed clearly, and the words to say it come easily. Nicolas Boileau The concept of freedom of speech seems to […]

Recommendations from the Order: Robert Wei’s politics and culture blog

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L’hypocrisie est un hommage que le vice rend à la vertu. Hypocrisy is an homage that vice pays to virtue. François de La Rochefoucauld I have a new viewpoint article due to appear at Press TV soon, but in the […]

To be or not to be Charlie Hebdo: when being a politically correct coward is brave

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Au bout d’un ou deux siècles d’exploitation se produit une véritable émaciation du panaroma culturel With one or two centuries of exploitation comes a thorough emaciation of the cultural landscape. Frantz Fanon All of us regret the tragic loss of life in the […]

Political cinema and the fine line between depicting and inciting violence

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Il se fit un abondant silence à l’entour, et la majeure partie du reste du monde se mit à compter pour du beurre. There was an abundant silence around, and most of the rest of the world began to count for […]

Enemy within: US shoots at North Korea over a cyberattack from inside the US?

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Citoyens, vouliez-vous une révolution sans révolution? Citizens, did you want a revolution without revolution? Maximilien Robespierre First, I would like to repeat wishes for a Happy New Year and all the rest of that business that took place between posts. In considering […]

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

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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 […]

A teleportation story: reaching pad 2, and what happens if you fail

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Je n’ai rien vaillant; je dois beaucoup; je donne le reste aux pauvres. I have nothing, owe a great deal, and the rest I leave to the poor. François Rabelais Once again, I’m writing a teleportation story. I’ve written at […]

“The Interview” is a terrorist fantasy: might as well be about chopping Obama’s head off

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La beauté sera CONVULSIVE ou ne sera pas. Beauty will be CONVULSIVE or not at all. André Breton Americans, the folks who scream and whine more about “terror” threats to their nation more than any other people in the world, are now slamming North Korea after the […]

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

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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

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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?

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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?

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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

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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?

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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

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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 […]

The US provoked conflict in Europe to restore its “leadership” glory days

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On parle toujours mal quand on n’a rien à dire. One always speaks badly when one has nothing to say. Voltaire As the G20 summit takes place in Australia, the agenda is meant to be economic growth, but the conflict […]

ISIS isn’t Islamic, as the Lord’s Resistance Army isn’t Christian

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Sans la logique, on a des opinions, on a pas de croyances. Without logic, we have opinions, we have no beliefs. Prosper-Olivier Lissagaray Above: Joseph Kony and top officers from his “Lord’s Resistance Army”. Would the Christians who think Islam is a violent […]

Remembrance Day: are poppies offensive?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Nous sommes donc en guerre les uns contre les autres We’re all at war with one another Michel Foucault The poppy: a symbol of patriotism, exclusion, bygone values, xenophobia, bigotry, volksgemeinschaft (“national community”), war, monarchy, etc. Now more than ever, the […]

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

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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 […]

SEARCH BEYOND Series: don’t miss this Halloween’s science fiction horror

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Ma pensée, c’est moi: voilà pourquoi je ne peux pas m’arrêter. My thought is me: that’s why I can’t stop. Jean-Paul Sartre I will soon have a new monthly opinion article at Press TV, so watch that space for something […]

The Mont Order: how the emerging Mont identity and mystique beats the nation

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La beauté sera CONVULSIVE ou ne sera pas. Beauty will be CONVULSIVE or not at all. André Breton The Mont Order is a club of fellow writers and proponents of social change in development, and searching for  a powerful mission. Named after […]

Punish Google with boycotts, whistleblowing, and resignations

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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 […]

The Ottawa Shooting: will Canada die too, or discover it doesn’t exist?

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Je n’admets ni la notion de maîtrise ni l’universalité de la loi. I admit neither the notion of a master nor the universality of his law. Michel Foucault My most recent publication is an essay at ClubOfINFO, titled A Viral […]

Submissions and opportunities at ClubOfINFO and the Mont Order

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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 […]

Knowlege is free: fast and easy publishing steps online

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Mais les fausses opinions ressemblent à la fausse monnaie qui est frappée d’abord par de grands coupables et dépensée ensuite par d’honnêtes gens qui perpétuent le crime sans savoir ce qu’ils font. False opinions are like false money, struck first […]

#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. […]

WikiLeaks crushes Google: the internet is its own value system

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Un poète doit laisser des traces de son passage, non des preuves. Seules les traces font rêver. A poet should leave traces of his passage, not proofs. Traces alone engender dreams. René Char Having reviewed both sides of the argument […]

Turkey’s targets in Syria and Iraq: Kurdish “terrorists”?

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La foi que j’aime le mieux, dit Dieu, c’est l’espérance. The faith that I love the best, says God, is hope. Charles Péguy First, I would like to alert readers to my full bibliography page at Beliefnet, with a complete […]

Destroying the West in under a minute

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Quamvis enim melius sit benefacere quam nosse. It is better to do good, than to know. Charlemagne While I have recently had my analysis of Obama’s Iraq and Syria wars published at Press TV, the main material that has been on my mind […]

Emaciation, intervention, aggression: Syria

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Au bout d’un ou deux siècles d’exploitation se produit une véritable émaciation du panaroma culturel With one or two centuries of exploitation comes a thorough emaciation of the cultural landscape. Frantz Fanon In considering a new opinion piece for my Press TV column at […]

Googling Google: bigotry and hypocrisy found

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Soyons fermes, purs et fidèles ; au bout de nos peines, il y a la plus grande gloire du monde, celle des hommes qui n’ont pas cédé. Let us be firm, pure and faithful; at the end of our sorrow, there […]

Helping you make headlines: for bloggers

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Il ne s’agit pas alors de paresse, de laisser-aller. Bien au contraire, l’individu est tourmenté It is not then laziness, sloppiness. On the contrary, the individual is tormented Alfred Sauvy The internet has changed publishing in ways that disproportionately empower […]

Born in the Wrong Century?

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C’est une sphère infinie, dont le centre est partout et la circonférence nulle part. It is an infinite sphere whose center is everywhere and circumference is nowhere. Blaise Pascal In my publishing this week, most notable were an op-ed at Press […]

US Empire hates Scottish independence

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Toute oppression crée un état de guerre. All oppression creates a state of war. Simone de Beauvoir Image from Voltairenet The US, like the UK’s Conservative government, clings to an outdated adversarial worldview based on the old-fashioned wartime alliances of the Twentieth Century […]

Defining stories: my own star wars

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Qui définit le moment où j’écris? How to define the moment that I write? Michel Foucault Next month it’s October. It may seem early, but it reminds me to draft a science fiction horror story for entering into the sort of literary competitions often […]

When Google Met WikiLeaks

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L’homme est libre au moment qu’il veut l’être. Man is free at the instant he wants to be. Voltaire This is a belated post, but an important one for updates. I have recently drafted a review of Charles E. Cobb […]

PM Cameron warns about aggression, commits aggression

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Les Membres de l’Organisation s’abstiennent, dans leurs relations internationales, de recourir à la menace ou à l’emploi de la force, soit contre l’intégrité territoriale ou l’indépendance politique de tout Etat, soit de toute autre manière incompatible avec les buts des […]

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, […]

Scottish independence ‘Yes’ makes huge gains

posted by Harry J. Bentham

A la base de notre civilisation, il y a la liberté de chacun dans sa pensée, ses croyances, ses opinions, son travail, ses loisirs. At the root of our civilization, there is the freedom of each person of thought, of […]

ISIL is whose fault?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Aime la vérité, mais pardonne à l’erreur. Love truth, but pardon error. Voltaire In considering what will be the subject of my September article at my Press TV column, I have quite a selection of subjects to choose from. The first […]

New horizons

posted by Harry J. Bentham

J’ai vécu. I survived. Emmanuel-Joseph Sieyès This week has seen quite a few articles from me, so this post will be dedicated to summarizing those pieces and helping people find them. Writer’s block has never been a problem for me, and […]

The Union is archaic

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On doit des egards aux vivants; on ne doit aux morts que la verite. We should be considerate to the living; to the dead we owe only the truth. Voltaire Just over a month from now, on 18 September, Scotland will […]

To question or quench an idea

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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 […]

We are all of the Mont Order

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Nous sommes tous montagnards, vive la montagne! We are all Montagnards, vive La Montagne! Slogan used in an address to the Jacobin Club, 1793 In order to make the facts clear on a subject that I have unfortunately avoided since early 2013, I […]

A state of war

posted by Harry J. Bentham

La vertu est un état de guerre, et que, pour y vivre, on a toujours quelque combat à rendre contre soi. Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it means one always has some battle to wage […]

Analyzing post-state movements

posted by Harry J. Bentham

La grandeur du crime est la seule différence qu’il y ait entre un conquérant et un brigand. The magnitude of the crime is the only difference there is between a conqueror and a robber. Jean-Paul Marat Although time has not […]

Patriots!?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Une nation de singes à larynx de parroquets. A nation of monkeys with the throat of parrots. Emmanuel-Joseph Sieyès Today, an article I had drafted sometime in the preceding fort-night was published as an op-ed at Press TV. I cannot […]

To know an evil institution

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Tout institution qui ne suppose pas le peuple bon et le magistrat corruptible est vicieuse. Any institution which does not suppose the people good, and the magistrate corruptible, is evil. Maximilien Robespierre Amid the farce of what is being called […]

My aims at the L’Ordre blog

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Qui plume a, guerre a To hold a pen is to be at war. Voltaire After accepting the rare opportunity to blog with Beliefnet, I have named this blog L’Ordre. This is French for The Order, because the main topics I’m going to be addressing here relate […]

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