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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

“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

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 […]

Predictions on an Ed Miliband government

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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

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 […]

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

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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

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 […]

Snowden had to act because the government was too slow

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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 […]

Cage’s point about MI5 terrorizing Muslims is credible

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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 […]

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

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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

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 […]

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

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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

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 […]

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

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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

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 American Sniper is lower than a criminal thug

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 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

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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 […]

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

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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 […]

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

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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

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 […]

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

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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 […]

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

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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 […]

WikiLeaks crushes Google: the internet is its own value system

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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”?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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 […]

Googling Google: bigotry and hypocrisy found

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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 […]

US Empire hates Scottish independence

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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 […]

PM Cameron warns about aggression, commits aggression

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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 […]

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