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The Union is archaic

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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 decide whether or not it wants to remain part of the United Kingdom. I favor the outcome of Scottish independence from the UK, for the simple reason that I believe poor governance by the UK’s Conservatives is to blame and that independence would be a powerful act of defiance against such an incompetent government.

“Westminster abbey night”. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The Union is archaic, and should be abolished completely. The monarchy is also archaic, and should likewise be abolished completely. These are vestiges, and just do not have any place in the future. Of course, expecting all to be abolished at once is unrealistic, and steadily transitioning towards the end by such things as giving Scotland independence is therefore the best way.

At a time when the world is increasingly threatened by superstition and barbarism, as we see in Iraq and Syria, and crazed nationalism, as we see in Ukraine (and is glorified by the BBC on a daily basis with every bit of emotion and zeal it can muster) the last thing we need to do is cling to old flags and crowns.

Hopefully, these steps towards the breakup of the Union will convince Brits that they are no “nation”, but their land is a crossroads of many individuals from all over the world, and we will be on track to making the whole world stateless and egalitarian in that fashion.


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To question or quench an idea

posted by Harry J. Bentham

La superstition met le monde entier en flammes; la philosophie les éteint.

Superstition sets the whole world in flames; philosophy quenches them.

Voltaire


Putting together anti-statist and anti-nationalist essays has been one of my biggest objectives publishing online. Challenging prejudices and established norms has also led many to embracing the idea of transhumanism/posthumanism, the idea that we can become more than human using technology and that this is a virtuous activity.

To support in disseminating essays, sci-fi literature and other contributions in this direction, I have decided to give much of it away as free bonus material added to existing books that can be found on Amazon. To have a look at changes and to see what is being offered in my published work right now, have a glimpse at my updated store over at Amazon.

I have recently been reviewing Jacque Fresco’s famous Venus Project at the most influential transhumanist publication h+ Magazine, and I am hoping for the review to make an impact since many people have pledged their support for the Venus Project, particularly online. I am in solidarity with these people, as I believe reconstructing society to cope with our rapidly advancing technology is very important, although I do not hesitate to criticize some of the obvious flaws in Jacque’s thesis, as is necessary in any review.


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We are all of the Mont Order

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


In order to make the facts clear on a subject that I have unfortunately avoided since early 2013, I have decided to publish a thoroughly detailed explanation of the “Mont Order” and all that it represents. This should explain the facts as they presently exist on this apparently misused subject, as well as clarify my own intentions for all things that the Mont Order deserves to encompass in future, if any.

For the best summary of the Mont Order’s history and aspirations, read the essay: The Mont Order: Tradition and Future

For the religious tolerance dimension and more background on the Order and its friends, read the Dissident Voice article: An Understanding of the Mont Order


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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 against oneself.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau


A new contribution in my series of anti-statist essays was published at Dissident Voice on Monday 4th August. Titled “What is the Nation?”, the article was (unintentionally) well-timed in that it came out at the time of a major World War One Centenary event. It was written essentially as an exploration of the ambiguous nature of the claim to being part of a nation, and the ways in which this concept has really become redundant in Western countries in the Twenty-First Century. Astonishingly, many people not only still subscribe to the view that they are part of a nation-state, but that its offerings of young lives on the alter pointless wars somehow secured their “freedom”.

World War One was pointless. In total, over 37 million people died in it. Western politicians and media actually try to invoke memory of that war in the face of today’s aggressive NATO posturing towards Russia over the Ukraine crisis. Inadvertently, this does nothing more than confirm that the existing NATO posturing is like World War One in threatening to waste people’s lives for what they don’t care about (the politicians care least of all, since they’d be off to hide in the bunker and do not intend to sacrifice any of their comforts in such a war).

One irritating argument commonly expounded by nationalists, warmongers and patriots is the view that the deaths of soldiers or others for a cause, usually for a nation, somehow validates the cause for which they have fought. An appeal to the honor of the dead is, to date, the only argument in existence for the concept of revering a nation and its symbols or military objectives. Many political speeches and quotes with a nationalist ring typically invoke the memory of the dead to justify the nationalist cause or the existence and preservation of the integrity of nations in any form. These speeches are fallacious, as they appeal only to martyrdom in order to assert their claims. Martyrdom to a cause does not say anything about whether the cause is just.

As sad and as hard as it might be to accept, the fact that many died for a cause does not mean they died for a just cause. We know this, because many people have died for many wrong causes throughout history. We do not know how many Roman legionaries gave their lives for the Senate and People of Rome, but we know that they all died for nothing, because the empire for which they fought ceased to exist. Its citizens grew so tired of its corruption that they even flung the gates open and embraced their own deaths.

Exactly like those Roman legionaries, the 4,487 American soldiers who gave their lives in the Iraq War died for nothing. This does not reflect badly on the personal honor and integrity of each of those soldiers, but it does confirm that the state for which they fought is little more than a liar and a murderer of innocent sons. The evil regime that existed under the George W. Bush administration wasted those lives for nothing, knowing full well that the cause for which these men died was empty and hollow. To this date, none of the weapons of mass destruction allegedly possessed by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to threaten the security of the United States have been discovered. After the smoke cleared, it should have become abundantly obvious that the only mortal threat to the “American people” is their own aggressive regime, so eager to waste their lives while sacrificing none of its own comforts.

As we see continued nationalistic ramblings about who gave their lives for what, in the face of modern strategic tensions with Russia, and foolish justifications of sacrifice (albeit economic, given that it is unlikely to go beyond this), we must remember that states always want to sacrifice everyone on the altar of their own greed and incompetence. The people of Europe themselves have nothing to gain from a conflict with Russia, whether economic or military. The only agency behind this conflict comes from the brutal and selfish governments of individual NATO countries, which live by some kind of maxim that the people must be prepared to sacrifice but the regime mustn’t.


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