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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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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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, […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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 […]

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 […]

Attack ideas, not people

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 L’Ordre blog visits YouTube

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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 […]

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 […]

“Arrogant” UK public didn’t “buy in” enough secret expertise to understand TTIP?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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

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 […]

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 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 […]

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. […]

Born in the Wrong Century?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

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

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 […]

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 […]

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Should people stop being born? (beliefs)
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 up ...

posted 11:46:29pm Apr. 24, 2016 | read full post »

Obsessed with equality: my techno-utopia?
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 video ...

posted 10:49:23pm Apr. 23, 2016 | read full post »

Technology is a liberator, especially when it's risky
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 on that book authored ...

posted 11:55:25pm Apr. 17, 2016 | read full post »

Is ignorance a choice? Too much information
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 our overcrowded, ...

posted 9:43:58pm Apr. 16, 2016 | read full post »

How old are stories? (a theory)
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 a weapon, ...

posted 11:10:39pm Apr. 10, 2016 | read full post »

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