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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 Lifeboat Foundation. I am a member of this organization, listed on its futurist advisory board. However, it has come to my attention that the organization’s credibility has been questioned (see its history at Quora for more). All criticism of the Lifeboat Foundation seems to revolve around its desire to accommodate a particularly ugly and defamatory kind of thinking that undermines community and encounter.

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Islamophobia

The criticism of the US-based Lifeboat Foundation seems to revolve around its inclusion of a controversial writer called Pamela Geller. One blog post calling on members of the Lifeboat Foundation to quit and boycott the organization is based here. The post states that Eric Klien, the head of the Lifeboat Foundation, is strongly tied to psychopathic bigot Pamela Geller and her Islamophobic defamation, as well as what the blog post describes as neo-Luddite “fear-mongering” over artificial intelligence that borders on justifying violence against scientists and the subversion of the gifts of science to humanity.

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I don’t know much about Eric Klien and I don’t care, although I have been in contact with him. The particular people who created groups are of little concern to me and I don’t attack people for their personal political views. However, the inclusion of Pamela Geller in the Lifeboat Foundation clearly violates any progressive credentials that the group could have obtained. I met some very useful contacts such as J. M. Porup through the Lifeboat Foundation and I see the group as useful to a limited extent, but it is clear to me that it is not quite an essential organization to the sciences as it portrays itself.

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J. M. Porup, American dissident, satirical novelist and one of the Mont Order’s available participants

A negative and antisocial conservative ideologue

The Lifeboat Foundation hasn’t actually produced any useful research and much of its proclamations about “existential risks” and “nuclear terrorism” resemble works of neoconservative fiction. I am re-evaluating whether I should continue to be listed as a member of the think tank at all. In terms of its own value, the Lifeboat Foundation has little. Nevertheless, I am not yet prepared to simply quit and boycott the think tank yet. Other organizations such as the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and Humanity+ have slight political differences to me too, but I am not going to walk out on them because of it. The Lifeboat Foundation is entitled to its own views. However, I strongly protest Pamela Geller’s membership of the Lifeboat Foundation. I feel that it may be necessary to make a strong call upon Eric Klien to remove her from the Lifeboat Foundation, for the sake of the think tank’s own credibility. It would be a huge disfavor to the Lifeboat Foundation and the reputations of its own members to maintain such a negative and antisocial conservative ideologue in our ranks.

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I have embedded the tweet below to show what Geller’s hateful polemic looks like.

I don’t mind that the Lifeboat Foundation entertains science fiction-like ideas. Many technological and social issues are explored in works of science fiction, and it has never been used to present an argument that they are invalid. However, proponents of any kind of “clash of civilization” and the clash of the “west” with Islam are no futurists, nor can they possibly take part in steering humanity away from disaster – these people who denounce Islam as a threat to civilization can only antagonize humanity’s progress.

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The hope of the future is to see beyond our differences. If the Lifeboat Foundation cannot do that, and cannot eject someone like Pamela Geller from its ranks, then it matters not whether I am removed from its boards or maintained on its boards. If the Lifeboat Foundation simply ingores the criticism over Geller’s inclusion or chooses to instead eject everyone else for questioning her inclusion, the think tank will continue to wade through increasing criticism and unpopularity and will not be the important party it professes to be in mitigating global ills.

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The Mont Order is a circle of literary collaboration and order

Luckily, I am helping to build another club (no, I never conceived of it as an alternative to the Lifeboat Foundation, which I have never had any strong feelings on) called the Mont Order. Unlike Pamela Geller and her sort, the Mont Order welcomes Islam to the west with an open heart and an open mind. Adherents of Islam are some of our most astute allies in our vision of a future beyond nations and beyond nature.

I recently helped to bestow the honor of membership in the Mont Order on the legendary Thomas Knapp, an anti-statist columnist quite prominent at the Center for a Stateless Society. I know little about why the Lifeboat Foundation was established, but C4SS appears to stand as a true institute created in the tradition of inexorable progress towards an alternative society. Tom’s name will soon appear at the Mont Order list on Beliefnet – if his inclusion isn’t blocked by other friends of the Order in coming days – and I look forward to sharing our work and collaboration with him.

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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 “groups”?

From my space over at The clubof.info Blog just today.

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As a political entity, Mr Snowden represents far more than he could possibly imagine. Let me explain.

In the past, a political rebellion, iconoclasm or other act shaking the thrones of power was accomplished only through a group. Groups were never important in their own right but for what they could accomplish. Today, many of those accomplishments can be done by lone individuals, be they hackers, whistleblowers, a single defector, or other rebel with the right information and instruments at his or her disposal.

The result is chaos, and it should be. If you want to understand this riddle, read my recent feature article at The clubof.info Blog, “Striving to be Snowdenlike”. There, you will find me preaching the full magnitude of this gospel -this new form of insurrection epitomized by Mr Snowden. What we have discovered, in learning of the power of single individuals like Snowden to expose corrupt governments and annihilate their reign of arrogance and impunity with the help of mere tiny devices, is undoing of every regime in power in the world today.

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As futurists, I and others like me make a bold prediction, and I can say with absolute certainty that it will come true. Our governments are becoming less legitimate. They once governed us. Today, they rule over us. For that, they will not endure. If they don’t collapse under their own folly, we will ridicule them and shatter the hollow idols of their rule. The meaningless banners they flew, the hollow creeds they claimed to follow, and the empty documents and constitutions they swore allegiance upon may burn, but the people will still be standing.

It is my prediction that the traditional state is at the end of its historical lifespan, and that we must re-evaluate what we are as beings. We must re-evaluate what we think of as human, and what we think of as our security. The time for so-called “national security” is over, condemned to the same bin as racism, nationalism, religious extremism and other backward-looking philosophies. Alternative models of community, spirituality and allegiance are desperately needed.

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One imaginative solution to the squander of conflict, scarcity and the dated models of security that continue to burden society and set us against our fellow man is Jacque Fresco’s Venus Project. Another is Amon Twyman’s social futurism. Both of these call upon us to eventually declare our resources a common heritage, and work to replace the nation with a model global society.

Whatever path we choose to take, it will be a rough journey. Discarding the previous epoch is never easy or comfortable, and the wretchedness we are faced with in our supposedly advanced societies – yes, with such unemployment and sorrow in our dear Britain and America today – is symptomatic of a great shift of power and legitimacy back into the hands of a borderless and united people. Our unity with the people we are told to hate, our realization that the national divisions we were forced to adhere to are lies, will be the undoing of this unjust political class lording over us and the dawn of a new era. The Mont Order foresaw these events and was never troubled by them, for they were necessary. In the end, we will judge everything and tell you this was our doing – we were cognizant of the inevitable re-balancing of power between you and the state that is approaching, and we made it the very definition of our victory.

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We need no groups to enforce the inevitable. Let further individuals arise – let the titans be born in the flames of protest against the established order. More honorable people, such as Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden, who made the perfect sacrifice by putting their own conscience and the morality of rightly informing us about government crimes above their careers and the bribes of the state. These incorruptible individuals, who were capable of rebelling against the state with their own hands and winning without the support of a monolithic group or collective, are a new species and will help forge a new order – a new order made in the fire of our militant disrespect towards our feeble and fearful rulers.

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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 and soldiers passing into Ukraine, where they become invisible and only NATO spokesmen can see them

This is an interesting question, and needs careful consideration. The same media that goose-stepped everyone off to war with Iraq (read Chomsky’s book Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda for that full critique) and failed over and over again to goose-step us to war with Iran, is once again trying to convince us all of the terrible impending threat of an alleged enemy: Russia.

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Allegations that Russia is invading Ukraine are totally absurd. They make me laugh, because none of the information coming out of Ukraine suggests anything like a Russian invasion, so it smacks of crying wolf (if Russia was really invading, their jaws would have been blown off and no-one would have to listen to their whining). Ukraine is on very bad terms with Russia and Russia has invaded its neighbors in the past, under very similar circumstances to those in the Donbass region of Ukraine. We need only remember the invasion of Georgia in 2008 – which people forget Vladimir Putin didn’t order, and rather the then-president Dmitri Medvedev did order (the president necessarily has to give the order for any military action). I hate to digress, but that leads me on to another important issue: the most hawkish critics of Putin see his presidency as a dictatorship that carried out aggression against Georgia, but if that’s so, how was he already a dictator before he was president? It is like accusing Kissinger of having ruled the United States as a monarch all along, and to prove it we point at his influence and say all the presidents were just carrying out his sinister plans. What are Putin’s critics suggesting? Surely Putin stepping down as President won’t help, because the people who accuse him of invading Ukraine believe he was invading countries even when he wasn’t in office.

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As for whether Russia is invading Ukraine, Russia would be the most in trouble of all countries if it was invading Ukraine. It would be against the Russian Constitution. Russia’s military has no authorization to be in Ukraine at this time. There are, however, limited loopholes that allow for Russian special forces, volunteers and mercenaries to get involved in Ukraine. Calling these forces an invasion army is delusional. This is basically on par with accusing the Stuxnet virus of being an invasion of Iran. Sabotage in a hostile country, while not officially at war with them, isn’t an invasion. It isn’t even aggression.

If Russia is invading Ukraine, why is Ukraine still at peace with Russia? Ukraine hasn’t closed its diplomatic relations with Russia, as is custom in war. It doesn’t seem at all afraid of Russia’s nuclear weapons or its cruise missiles, which could eliminate all of Ukraine’s armed forces in a matter of minutes. These threats might have been expected to put some pressure on Ukraine, if they really existed.

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Instead, we just get this feeble argument, based on sophistry, that Russia is invading Ukraine because Russians or Russian equipment have been found in Ukraine. Neither thing indicates that Russia is invading Ukraine. The telltale signs of Russia invading Ukraine would be similar to America invading a country: thousands of cruise missiles falling out of the sky, Kiev collapsing into a heap of rubble and the Americans leaving the country, not visiting it. Once these things happen, I will be happy to say Russia has invaded Ukraine. Until then, telling lies about Russia invading Ukraine is only making life more difficult for Ukraine: it makes it less likely that anyone will believe them, if Russia ever does invade Ukraine.

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I have now published my latest op-ed at Press TV, “America: death of a nation?” This delves into the dystopic nature of US society against the backdrop of the US government’s messianic quest to force other countries to become more like America. Above all, the time is right to compare the United States with the Roman Empire, and alert Americans to the threat posed by repeating that empire’s mistakes. I am still writing more articles, which will be placed as unique content at the newly repolished clubof.info Blog. That website has been redesigned thoroughly and I intend to refine the quality of the articles there a lot, even though it will now mean putting quality over quantity and reducing the number of weekly articles to three or four.

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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 of drafting an article, titled “A World Beyond Nations”, possibly to appear at The Venus Project Magazine. A new op-ed authored by me in the last few days has been submitted to Press TV titled “America: death of a nation?”, but most importantly I have produced a new article by the title “Striving to be Snowden-like”. I am not yet sure where the latter article will be published, but the best choice might be the web magazine ClubOfINFO. I am doing all that I can for that magazine, and I encourage you to pay it a visit to it today to increase the traffic volume.

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More: ClubOfINFO: State disintegration inevitable: #LOrdre

On the opponents of Edward Snowden, former CIA agent and NSA contractor, I can only say that it is foolish for anyone to sit idly and criticize a brave individual who took action by leaking much-needed information about the abuses of state surveillance on a global scale:

Those of us who would criticize Snowden should examine themselves and their own deeds, and compare them with his. He is a titan. There is no chastising that the people who merely write or speak, such as I, can do to a man who accomplished such great deeds, but only praise. By contrast with him, the rest of us can only be called slacktivists: we have fought only for our freedom to do nothing.

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Mere opinion isn’t worth listening to. Deeds are the only true form of protest. That is why I do not see myself as authoritative, but Edward Snowden surely deserves to be treated as an authoritative – some might say messianic – individual. In rebelling against the world’s most powerful government, and not merely winning but surviving, he did what everyone else should aspire to do. And for that, he deserves to be praised and followed eagerly.

Edward Snowden is like the model of a man who could fight a state by himself, shake it up, and win. With people like these, who needs a movement, a party, or a politician to represent him? For this reason, I call for the political future to be shaped by titans – individuals with great influence and skill who can challenge the more traditional hierarchies and collective forms of power embodied by powerful states and corporations.

There is much to do, if we are to raise more titans of justice and change like Snowden from among the youth. This will be the message of my article, and I encourage you to look for it at ClubOfINFO when it appears there. For updates, follow the ClubOfINFO Twitter feed.


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