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Needs of the many against survival of the few

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Common heritage of humanity: sharing

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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

Mont Order society declares 7 principles

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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

Myth of progress, reality of change

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The war you never saw: the Press versus the Blogosphere

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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

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

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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

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 […]

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 […]

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

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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 purpose of the Order

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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

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 […]

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 […]

Amplifying your voice as a blogger: practical guidance

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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

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

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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

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

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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

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 […]

Submissions and opportunities at ClubOfINFO and the Mont Order

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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

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

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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

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 […]

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 […]

Helping you make headlines: for bloggers

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Previous Posts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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