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As writer or thinker, Jack London can’t touch George Orwell, but he’s nearly the Brit’s equal when it comes to describing society’s bottom. To both, being a writer is as much a physical as an intellectual endeavor. Wading into everything, they braved all discomforts and dangers. This attitude has become very rare, and not just among writers. Trapped in intensely mediated lives, we all think we know more as we experience less and less.

At age 14, London worked in a salmon cannery. At 16, he was an oyster pirate. At 17, he was a sailor on a sealing schooner that reached Japan. At 18, London crossed the country as a hobo and, near Buffalo, was jailed for 30 days for vagrancy. At 21, he prospected for gold in the Klondike. London was also a newsboy, longshoreman, roustabout, window washer, jute mill grunt, carpet cleaner and electrician, so he had many incidents, mishaps and ordeals to draw from, and countless characters to portray.

London’s The Road chronicles his hobo and prison misadventure. Condemned to hard labor, the teenager nearly starved, “While we got plenty of water, we did not get enough of the bread. A ration of bread was about the size of one’s two fists, and three rations a day were given to each prisoner. There was one good thing, I must say, about the water—it was hot. In the morning it was called ‘coffee,’ at noon it was dignified as ‘soup,’ and at night it masqueraded as ‘tea.’ But it was the same old water all the time.”

London quickly worked his way up the clink’s hierarchy, to become one of 13 enforcers for the guards. This experience alone should have taught him that in all situations, not just dire ones, each man will prioritize his own interest and survival, and that there’s no solidarity among the “downtrodden” or whatever. Orwell’s Animal Farm is a parable about this. Since man is an egoist, power lust lurks everywhere.

During the Russo-Japanese War a decade later, London would approvingly quote a letter from Japanese socialists to their Russian comrades, but this pacific gesture was nothing compared to the nationalistic fervor engulfing both countries. Like racism, nationalism is but self love. Though clearly madness if overblown, it’s unextinguishable.

Jailed, London the future socialist stood by as his gang disciplined a naïf, “I remember a handsome young mulatto of about twenty who got the insane idea into his head that he should stand for his rights. And he did have the right of it, too; but that didn’t help him any. He lived on the topmost gallery. Eight hall-men took the conceit out of him in just about a minute and a half—for that was the length of time required to travel along his gallery to the end and down five flights of steel stairs. He travelled the whole distance on every portion of his anatomy except his feet, and the eight hall-men were not idle. The mulatto struck the pavement where I was standing watching it all. He regained his feet and stood upright for a moment. In that moment he threw his arms wide apart and omitted an awful scream of terror and pain and heartbreak. At the same instant, as in a transformation scene, the shreds of his stout prison clothes fell from him, leaving him wholly naked and streaming blood from every portion of the surface of his body. Then he collapsed in a heap, unconscious. He had learned his lesson, and every convict within those walls who heard him scream had learned a lesson. So had I learned mine. It is not a nice thing to see a man’s heart broken in a minute and a half.”

Jailed, you immediately recover your racial consciousness, but London apparently missed this. In any case, a lesser writer or man wouldn’t confess to such complicity with power. Elsewhere, London admits to much hustling and lying, and even claims these practices made him a writer, “I have often thought that to this training of my tramp days is due much of my success as a story-writer. In order to get the food whereby I lived, I was compelled to tell tales that rang true […] Also, I quite believe it was my tramp-apprenticeship that made a realist out of me. Realism constitutes the only goods one can exchange at the kitchen door for grub.”

Informed by hard-earned, bitter experience, London’s accounts resonate and convince, even when outlandish, for they are essentially true about the human condition.

London on a fellow prisoner, “He was a huge, illiterate brute, an ex-Chesapeake-Bay-oyster-pirate, an ‘ex-con’ who had done five years in Sing Sing, and a general all-around stupidly carnivorous beast. He used to trap sparrows that flew into our hall through the open bars. When he made a capture, he hurried away with it into his cell, where I have seen him crunching bones and spitting out feathers as he bolted it raw.”

Though London often uses “beast” or “beastly” to describe how humans are treated, this fellow appears to be congenitally bestial, with his all-around stupidity. As for the other prisoners, “Our hall was a common stews, filled with the ruck and the filth, the scum and dregs, of society—hereditary inefficients, degenerates, wrecks, lunatics, addled intelligences, epileptics, monsters, weaklings, in short, a very nightmare of humanity.” Though many are wrecked, others are born deficient, addled or weak, but in our retarded days, morons must be smart in other ways, and raging monsters are merely oppressed into mayhem or murder.

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But of course, society does oppress, then and now. Remember that an 18-year-old London was sentenced to 30 days of hard labor for merely being in a strange city without a hotel reservation. Another inmate was doing 60 for eating from a trash can, “He had strayed out to the circus ground, and, being hungry, had made his way to the barrel that contained the refuse from the table of the circus people. ‘And it was good bread,’ he often assured me; ‘and the meat was out of sight.’ A policeman had seen him and arrested him, and there he was.” Well, at least Americans are no longer locked up for dumpster diving, so there’s progress for you, but then many must still feed from the garbage, with that number rapidly rising.

Though London was a worldwide celebrity at his death in 1916, his fame faded so fast that Orwell could comment in 1944, “Jack London is one of those border-line writers whose works might be forgotten altogether unless somebody takes the trouble to revive them.”

London’s most enduring book may turn out to be The People of the Abyss, his 1903 investigation into the abjectly impoverished of London’s East End.

Dressed accordingly, London joined its homeless to see how they survived. With a 58-year-old carter and a 65-year-old carpenter, London wandered the cold streets, “From the slimy, spittle-drenched, sidewalk, they were picking up bits of orange peel, apple skin, and grape stems, and, they were eating them. The pits of greengage plums they cracked between their teeth for the kernels inside. They picked up stray bits of bread the size of peas, apple cores so black and dirty one would not take them to be apple cores, and these things these two men took into their mouths, and chewed them, and swallowed them; and this, between six and seven o’clock in the evening of August 20, year of our Lord 1902, in the heart of the greatest, wealthiest, and most powerful empire the world has ever seen.”

Having mingled with many homeless in cities across America, I can attest that the food situation is not as bad in that unraveling empire, but the squalor is just as appalling, if not worse. A Wall Street Journal headline, “California’s Biggest Cities Confront a ‘Defecation Crisis’.” There’s no need to import public shitting from shitholes, since there’s already plenty of it, homegrown and well-fertilized with smirkingly cynical policies.

Trump, “We can’t let Los Angeles, San Francisco and numerous other cities destroy themselves by allowing what’s happening,” but he’s only talking about the unsightliness of it all, not its root cause, which is a deliberately wrecked economy that, over decades, has fabulously enriched his and our masters. This, too, is a controlled demolition.

Ensconced in some leafy suburb, you might be missing this beastly, raving, zonked out and shitty transformation. Jack London, though, never recoiled from society’s diarrhea. My favorite passage of The People of the Abyss is his account of bathing, so to speak, in a workhouse:

We stripped our clothes, wrapping them up in our coats and buckling our belts about them, and deposited them in a heaped rack and on the floor—a beautiful scheme for the spread of vermin. Then, two by two, we entered the bathroom. There were two ordinary tubs, and this I know: the two men preceding had washed in that water, we washed in the same water, and it was not changed for the two men that followed us. This I know; but I am also certain that the twenty-two of us washed in the same water.

I did no more than make a show of splashing some of this dubious liquid at myself, while I hastily brushed it off with a towel wet from the bodies of other men. My equanimity was not restored by seeing the back of one poor wretch a mass of blood from attacks of vermin and retaliatory scratching.

If other men had to endure that, why shouldn’t London, especially since he was trying to understand these wretches?

Many moons, suns and saturns ago, I taught a writing course at UPenn, and for one assignment, I asked students to take the subway to a strange stop, get off, walk around and observe, but don’t do it in the dark, I did warn them. Frightened, one girl couldn’t get off, so simply wrote about her very first ride. At least she got a taste of an entirely alien world beyond campus. Considering that her parents had to cough up over 60 grands annually to consign her to the Ivy League, they’d probably want to murder me for subjecting their precious to such needless anxieties.

Cocooned, Americans are oblivious to their own destruction. Screwed, they’re fixated by Pornhub.

London insisted a worldwide class revolution was the answer. A century and several gory nightmares later, there are those who still cling to this faith, but only in the West. In the East, even the most ignorant know the survival of his identity and dignity is conterminous with his nation’s. Orwell understood this well. It is the biggest crime to wreck anyone’s heritage in a flash.

In each society, you can begin to right the ship by prosecuting the biggest criminals, with existing laws, but first, you must have the clarity and courage to identify them.

In the US, at least, this shouldn’t be too complicated, for their crimes are mostly out in the open, and their enforcers appear nightly in your living room, not unlike 1984. As you watch, they cheerfully lie, silence witnesses, mass murder, squander your last cent and dismantle, brick by brick, the house your forefathers built and died defending. Even if all they saw was its basement, it was still their everything.

Linh Dinh’s latest book is Postcards from the End of America. He maintains a regularly updated photo blog.

 
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  1. fnn says:

    London was a favorite of the Soviets, who distributed cheap copies of his books widely. My father, who was a CPUSA member in the early Cold War era, once told me how popular London was among the Reds during that time. I think some of the “racist” passages in London’s work gained more salience circa 1960 or so and his work was then not so widely promoted outside the USSR.

  2. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:

    Linh Dinh,

    It appears from your site that The Unz Review is the only other consistent publisher of your articles. Is that so? If so, why?

    Thank you.

    • Replies: @Dan Hayes
    , @Linh Dinh
  3. Lexicologically, Jack London far surpasses Orwell. He mixes erudite and argot. Stylistically London far surpassed anything Orwell ever came up with. Orwell is a man of unum librum.

    Nor would I say Orwell was a better thinker than London. 1984 is partly inspired by the Iron Heel, an image coined by London in a namesake book.

    Reducing London to being a mere “socialist” is moronic.

  4. London is one of those authors whom aesthetes despise, but who- against all odds- stubbornly refuse to go away. When he wrote about “serious” topics, London was a failure (Burning Daylight, Martin Eden,…); on the other hand, when he wrote about animals, primitives, mentally impaired, (white) underclass & quasi-fascist-Darwinian fantasies (most stories & short novels) -he was an unavoidable writer, one that will be read long after most canonized authors are just a footnote.

    By the way, he was extremely popular even in Czarist Russia, something along the lines of American vitalism & energy.

    • Agree: Dieter Kief
    • Replies: @durd
    , @James Braxton
  5. Paul says:

    “This experience alone should have taught him that in all situations, not just dire ones, each man will prioritize his own interest and survival, and that there’s no solidarity among the “downtrodden” or whatever.”

    Of course there is solidarity when people’s interests coincide. And there are altruists.

    • Replies: @Parfois1
  6. Republic says:
    @fnn

    according to this report from a Seattle newspaper, Russians still visit his ranch in California

    https://www.seattletimes.com/life/travel/why-russians-flock-to-jack-londons-california-ranch-100-years-after-his-death/

    There is a big lake named for him in Siberia

  7. Thanks for the info on London. I have to say that I disagree with you though.

    Orwell and London are different but equally great.

    I had occasion while in jail 10 years ago to read London’s wonderful Star Rover and just after that Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris & London, and they were both extraordinary tales. I also had the chance to read Patricia Highsmith’s The Glass Cell, and all three writers remain in my top 10.

    Yes, London has faded, but perhaps that is due to the density of his prose. I read another author–now I’ve forgotten–of that era….a novel of swindle and travel/escape to South America–which was extremely dense, but if you had the time and took the time, you were drawn in. London was like that, too.

    Linh, you continue to surprise me. I may not agree with you sometimes, but I encourage you to provoke me.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  8. gruff says:

    A great piece by London is “The Unparallelled Invasion”, in which he sketches out a solution to the Chinese Question.

    http://london.sonoma.edu/Writings/StrengthStrong/invasion.html

    • Agree: Sick of Orcs
    • Replies: @Kevin Barrett
  9. Dan Hayes says:
    @anonymous

    anonymous[340]:

    I’ll answer for Linh who has the temerity to venture into verboten territory. His non/anti PC journey is now only supported by his (and our) patron Ron!

  10. Thanks as always. London’s essay-story The Scab addresses some of the issues you raise here in ways that may modify some of your views about him and his thinking. It is unusual in what of his work I’ve read in being steeped in a bitter understated irony.

  11. Linh Dinh says:
    @anonymous

    Hi,

    In “Walt Whitman, Mass Media and Jewish Power,” I explain my situation:

    Reaching out to me, the American Poetry Review and Brooklyn Library clearly haven’t gotten the news that I’m a racist, anti-Semitic, Neo-Nazi Fascist, as concluded by many woke American poets, some of them my erstwhile friends. Chax Press, for example, decided to cancel the publication of my Collected Poems, just as it was about to go to the printer, though all of these poems had already been published, mostly by Chax Press itself. It’s understandable. As a long-time professor, Charles Alexander can’t risk losing his income by being associated with a pariah. The woke mob would hound Charles from his ivory tower, just as they would shout me down at the Brooklyn Library, assuming the invitation hadn’t been rescinded.

    My biggest thought crime was penning “Blacks, Jews and You,” in which I discussed racial differences, black crime, Jewish power and, most heretically, mocked the official Holocaust narrative. I stand by every word. Before this, however, I had repeatedly called for the erasure of Israel, a racist, Fascist state found and maintained by endless terror and war. Clearly, I was becoming très trief in the eyes of the American academy and media, and that’s why my Postcards from the End of America got exactly one major review, a smear job in the Washington Post.

    Kudos to Chris Hedges for blurbing my book, then interviewing me on Russia Today. The Pulitzer-winner had nothing to gain, but then Hedges had already been fired from the New York Times, and even prevented from speaking at UPenn, by Jews. Surely, Hedges knows about Jewish power.

    I published articles at Common Dreams until they dropped me, without an explanation, when it was time to reelect Obama. I was at C0unterPunch until I started my Postcard series on the American underclass. They didn’t care for these portraits. I was at Information Clearing House until its bourgeois commies hounded me away most violently.

    My Obscured Americans book was under consideration at Seven Stories Press, but it’s safe to say it’s aborted there.

    Even FaceBook “likes” after my articles are routinely subtracted, to make it appear I have almost no readers.

    Linh

  12. Parfois1 says:
    @Paul

    Of course there is solidarity when people’s interests coincide. And there are altruists.

    Agree. But note, Linh Dinh expanded on that theme further down:

    London insisted a worldwide class revolution was the answer. A century and several gory nightmares later, there are those who still cling to this faith, but only in the West. In the East, even the most ignorant know the survival of his identity and dignity is conterminous with his nation’s.

    The dominant trend in Socialism then was the necessity for international class action as a defensive strategy, not strictly as a matter of international solidarity, but to survive international Capitalism’s reaction, which knows no borders. That trend, aka “Trotskism”, still pervades in the ‘West” and that’s why Capitalism unbound prevails.

    What happened in the nascent Soviet Russia illustrates the point: the victorious Entente and the US immediately joined the Czarists to crush the Soviets.

    And that’s the reason why Stalin – a practical man, not a hard-headed theorist – understood that Socialism, like charity, needs to be home-grown and weaned to survive. Hence, “Socialism in One Country”.

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
    , @Paul
    , @Paul
  13. Top Hat says:

    Jack London’s “The Iron Heel” is another of his fictional stories about the working classes and in the book he attacks capitalism and promotes socialism while presenting the story of the US turned into an oligarchy in 1913 (the book was written in 1907). What’s interesting about “The Iron Heel” is that by 1900 it must have been quite obvious as to how the world’s more powerful nations were planning on parceling up the world, and London makes reference to this in his novel about the future military campaigns that will take place in the book’s dystopian future, and his fiction was not far wrong from what actually transpired in WW1 and WW2.

    After Jack London gained fame he did not work alone, he hired aspiring writers to “fill-in” his fiction, much like famous painters painting large commissions would hire subordinates to “fill-in” their canvas after the outline was drawn. The plot and subplots would come from London, but his underlings would write the stories. At this point in time I can’t remember the names but as I recall a few famous authors got their start working for Jack London.

    London was also cursed with the writer’s nemesis, he was an alcoholic, and his autobiographical novel “John Barleycorn” treats the “demon drink” as one of the world’s great ills. The book being published in 1913, it is noteworthy that the eighteenth amendment banning alcohol was passed by congress a few years later in 1919, so it could be that London was at least a minor fulcrum in giving a push to the moral crusade against alcohol being sold in the US.

    Much of Jack London’s work is classic like his short story fiction placed in Alaska, “To Start a Fire” about a man exposed to the elements and slowly freezing to death, or his fictional tales about being a constable sailing a schooner chasing pirates off the coast of California. Also unique and thrilling is the short story “A Piece of Steak” about an aging boxer hoping to win one last fight. These were tough and gritty stories about men at their extremity, and not tales for children. London wrote a good tale and he understood human nature, and perhaps that’s what motivated him to become an alcoholic socialist.

  14. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @Linh Dinh

    Thank you. But as a big fan (who, for example, has often cut & pasted your June 2016 predictions of both the last Presidential election and its meaninglessness), I was aware of all that. My questions go to what appears to be a selective – and thus misleadingly incomplete – publication of your work on other sites, as compared to its consistent and complete publication here. If that’s the case, it exemplifies why The Unz Review is the single best place for free speech today.

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  15. durd says:
    @Bardon Kaldian

    I enjoyed much of London’s works. Although I read many of his books when young,and I don’t remember them too much, they helped inspire me to head north in the very backyard of Burning Daylight, a best seller in it’s day. His portrayal of characters of the North seem quite believable and his description of the land and it’s peculiar traits are also accurate. The short story ‘All Gold Canyon’ is spot on for how a prospector prospects.

    I read the Jack London Reader (for sale in Chicken, ak) a few years ago and enjoyed it immensely as I did the Sea Wolf.

    Martin Eden is a depressing read. I have only read Animal Farm so I really can’t compare. Depends how much one ‘likes’ to get disgruntled.

  16. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @anonymous

    When I started publishing political articles nearly a decade ago, I goofily believed all these “dissident” sites had the same aim of exposing the criminality of the US government. Then I realized nearly all of them are controlled opposition. Their real job is to jerk off while castrating dissidence!

    • Replies: @Saggy
  17. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Parfois1

    Hi Parfois1,

    Even in a war where the entire nation is threatened, there are war profiteers, draft dodgers, malingering soldiers and outright traitors, and this happens in every war, with every nation. Even as they hide in the rear, everyone talks up unity and having a common cause, and that’s your usual “solidarity.”

    Linh

    • Replies: @Paul
  18. Dumbo says:

    I have fond memories of reading Call of the Wild and a few other books by London while a teenager. I will look into those autobiographical works.

    • Agree: Jim Christian, Alfred
  19. @Linh Dinh

    Please keep up the good work!

  20. Cocooned, Americans are oblivious to their own destruction. Screwed, they’re fixated by Pornhub.

    Funny, all I ever read on the Internet these days are articles about America’s destruction. This article’s another one. Yet according to some pouty guy on the other side of the planet, we’re oblivious.

    And Pornhub is #32 according to Alexa. That’s really high, but 31 websites precede it. I’ve never visited Pornhub, and I’d bet neither have 9 out of 10 Americans. Eliminate kids under 10, adults over 80, most women, and all those without Internet access, and you’re left with a core of certain primetime lusty guys who are comfortable with pornography. Couldn’t be more than 10%.

    It’d be wonderful if we could have a single calendar day, say October 21, when everyone declares a moratorium on blithely shitting on America. Or is this part of the Jewish strategy to keep us divided and unhappy?

  21. oyster pirate

    That sounds like an euphemism for something.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  22. Paul says:
    @Linh Dinh

    There was plenty of solidarity during World War II. Of course, it is never uniform.

  23. @AmRusDebate

    Reducing Orwell to being the mere “writer of 1984” is moronic.

  24. Paul says:
    @Parfois1

    Stalin was an opportunist who could zig and zag — knocking off his rivals in the party as he went along.

    • Replies: @Euripidoze
  25. Franz says:

    Linh Dinh,

    When you write on the subject of modern les miserables, you are second to none.

    When rich US twats tell me “hard work and follow the rules is all you need” I can’t help but wonder what planet they’re visiting and confusing with right here.

    My thumbprints are all over Postcards from the end of America not because I’m a glutton for punishment because it keeps me from losing my marbles about how the newspapers, TV and whatever keep reporting Happy Talk from this same other planet.

    I know industrial workers who have to cash in their life insurance because they were hurt on the job and can no longer be (legally) treated for pain. It costs a lot to buy painkillers on the black market when you must not get caught. All pain patients are considered junkies now, and some have deep and permanent wounds. But hey, they got Homeland Security pretending to protect them and billions going out to keep bases in Bora Bora. What’s a little maddening pain when you’re an empire?

    Most formerly-loyal Americans I know are hoping to win the lottery so they can move to Portugal or someplace sane. But with the Depression about to kick in, I doubt a winning $10 million lottery ticket will cover a burger and a beer by this time next year.

    And Americans keep forgetting: When they become refugees, nobody is going to take them in.

    • Agree: bluedog
    • Replies: @Parfois1
  26. Call Of The Wild taught me lessons that carried right out into the schoolyard. Dat damn Spitz!

  27. swamped says:

    “London was also a newsboy, longshoreman, roustabout, window washer, jute mill grunt, carpet cleaner and electrician”…and – not least – SPORTSWRITER!John Griffith Chaney packed a lot of experience into his short forty year span on this wretched earth but his stint on the Oakland Herald & later sports writing – especially about surfing – are some of his best & consistent with his own fiery enjoyment of active outdoor sports. Perhaps best summed up in his aphorism:“I would rather be ashes than dust.” London was not known for being a soccer fan but nonetheless, he would probably still be pleased to know that there is in his hometown today a very large & thriving Jack London Youth Soccer League. Anybody’s guess how long it will be before the Woke Folk in town try to shut it down for being named after a ‘white supremacist’.
    Eric Arthur Blair had a similarly short stay in this world – only seven more years than London – but didn’t much share his enthusiasm for the sporting life. Orwell was quite candid in his rejection of the world’s favorite past time, explaining in an essay: “I loathed the game, and since I could see no pleasure or usefulness in it, it was very difficult for me to show courage at it. Football, it seemed to me, is not really played for the pleasure of kicking a ball about, but is a species of fighting.” Orwell was even more pointed in a London Tribune op-ed during his early newspaper days, commenting on a recent series of matches between a Russian & English clubs, “…the games cult did not start till the later part of the last century. Dr Arnold, generally regarded as the founder of the modern public school, looked on games as simply a waste of time. Then, chiefly in England and the United States, games were built up into a heavily-financed activity, capable of attracting vast crowds and rousing savage passions, and the infection spread from country to country. It is the most violently combative sports, football and boxing, that have spread the widest. There cannot be much doubt that the whole thing is bound up with the rise of nationalism — that is, with the lunatic modern habit of identifying oneself with large power units and seeing everything in terms of competitive prestige.”

    “Orwell understood this well. It is the biggest crime to wreck anyone’s heritage in a flash.”
    Or beat their national team. Go Golden Dragons!

  28. Paul says:
    @Parfois1

    Trotsky thought socialism in one country was impractical — that international capital would strangle it.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
    , @Parfois1
  29. Anonymous[124] • Disclaimer says:
    @restless94110

    “I read another author–now I’ve forgotten–of that era….a novel of swindle and travel/escape to South America–which was extremely dense, but if you had the time and took the time, you were drawn in.”

    B. Traven, perhaps?

    • Replies: @Montefrío
    , @restless94110
  30. London and Mark Twain are my favorite among American writers. We had probably full collection of both writers. Mark Twain 8 volumes and I do not remember exactly how many by London. London was writing about real strong men of action. This place is populated by blah blah blah men including your truly. What s to be done and how to change things is not being discussed here.
    I do not think it is up to the author to pass his judgements in this regard. Orwell can cause only depression in normal people.

    • Replies: @durd
  31. TKK says:

    When I read about a woman dying from a rooster attack, or people falling to their death to take selfies, or the growing number of hikers who venture out into semi- wilderness with their cell phones but not adequate water, I always think of London’s “To Build a Fire.”

    If London observed man’s diminished capacity to measure and survive nature in his era, what would he make of any airport or street today? Like the parasite creature in “Alien”, phones are stuck to every face encountered. Most people are not “present” in any sense when in the public sphere now, let alone taking note of the world around them.

    • Replies: @durd
  32. TKK says:
    @Linh Dinh

    On the FB likes disappearing, it is so Orwellian that it stops you cold.

    Most FB moderators are not American based, nor do I think it is individually performed- except on the Live Feeds and videos.

    Is there a Master List with names ( and ideas?) programmed to be curated, removed and oppressed? Just generally fucked with?

    The USA, and the people running it, are so incompetent in critical areas. Hospital infection control, timely airlines, literate school teachers, sane judges, public transport in rural areas- all pathetic.

    So, to know that some group is that organized and relentless regarding ideas and squashing them …. catastrophically scary.

  33. Walter says:

    I believe Jack died from renal failure, alcoholism yes, but also barbiturate and strychnine. The far safer stimulants such as benzedrine were evidently not available, but he dosed with strychnine – taken altogether it’s not surprising that he died as he did… Visiting his house – the ruins and the small house where his widow lived I formed the idea that she may have been an arsonist – the great house all consumed by fire, and all of that.

    Elsewhere, and in a closely related theme, Ed Curtain has posed the question implied by London and others’ choices – specifically he asks “Why Does Chris Hedges Hedge his bets?”

    He ought to look for answers here, I think.

    By the way, despite a private school privileged beginning I myself have worked in the roughest meanest heavy jobs…and been on strike and been the only white guy and got wasted in bars like Linh describes. I do write, too. But only for the drawer. And I study – whatever I want to, the metaphysics of conflict interests me greatly. I still work every day – chop wood carry water work. It brings freedom and joy.

    Withal. Thank You Kindly Linh. You’re a gutsy guy.

  34. 6dust6 says:

    Great essay. I made it a point to visit Jack London’s ranch on a California visit. The ranch was a huge unfulfilled project with the sad burnt out ruins of his dream house reminding us of his grand plans. The condition of his grown-over untended grave startled me. I find it interesting that many men of that time viewed socialism as a panacea; however, the intellect, ambition and energy of a man like Jack London would never have survived the ideology he espoused.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
  35. Powerful stuff, Linh. Keep up the good work.

  36. After subjecting myself to Israel Worship Is White Nationalism for Boomers Too Cowardly to Demand Their Own Ethnostate by one AMALRIC DE DROEVIG, reading Linh Dinh today was a real pleasure. The brutal honesty of Linh is greatly appreciated by old five and dimer’s like me.

  37. Another American hero with an interesting story to tell, who just happens to be an American Indian. Last time I posted this video it was pulled down. We’ll see if it makes it this time.

    • Agree: wayfarer
    • Replies: @Oikeamielinen
  38. eah says:
    @Linh Dinh

    …I had repeatedly called for the erasure of Israel, a racist, Fascist state found and maintained by endless terror and war.

    Considering the current degraded anarcho-tyrannical alternatives, I’m not sure I would mind living in a “racist, Fascist state” — I wouldn’t even begrudge the Jews having their own “racist, Fascist state” — however:

    …mocked the official Holocaust narrative.

    Upon which, basically, Israel was founded, and the reason the world was willing to look the other way while Palestinians were expelled.

    Not that there aren’t critics of the settling/founding of the US.

    • Replies: @eah
  39. Excellent writing from Mr. Dinh, as usual.

  40. @fnn

    I’m surprised that Linh didn’t report it, but London died at age 40. It’s unbelievable that he packed so much adventure (and misadventure) into such a short life and still found time to write prolifically.

  41. @Anonymous

    I believe you mean The Death Ship, but I’m not positive.It’s been nearly half a century (I was 26) since I read Traven, but he focused on Mexico and gringos who went there. Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a classic and the movie is as well.

  42. MikePToo says:

    Linh,
    Thank you so very much for your inspiration and thought provoking insights.
    You already know you have more richness in your character than anything money can buy. But sometimes it must sorta hurt

    • Agree: follyofwar
  43. eah says:
    @eah

    Considering the current degraded anarcho-tyrannical alternatives, I’m not sure I would mind living in a “racist, Fascist state”

    Apropos:

  44. @Republic

    Pretty good article!

    While London’s life of hard drinking, heavy smoking and high adventure ended early at age 40, his raw literary style, highly praised by language scholar H.L. Mencken, lived on in iconic American writers from Hemingway to Kerouac.

    In Pharmako / Poeia on p. 80 Dale Pendell has a list of writers with drinking problems. It is a long list. Includes London.

    He also has a quotation from Sinclair Lewis, who is on the list:

    Can you name five American writers since Poe who did not die of alcoholism?

  45. @Paul

    Did you see the “Trotsky” miniseries on Netflix? It was in Russian with English subtitles, but I enjoyed reading them all and found it riveting. It appeared to be historically accurate to someone like me who knows little of Russian history. Trotsky (born Lev Bronstein) was a Ukrainian Jew who cared little for how many Russians he killed. I guess Ukies hated Russians even back then.

    • Replies: @Alfred
  46. @6dust6

    Who knows, if London had lived longer he might have been a fascist supporter of Mussolini (as was Ezra Pound) and Hitler.

  47. Emslander says:

    In each society, you can begin to right the ship by prosecuting the biggest criminals, with existing laws, but first, you must have the clarity and courage to identify them.

    This is why I don’t get your disgust at President Trump. He has the will and the position to do just as you recommend and he would do it if the ruling class weren’t trying to cut him off at the knees 24-7. Trump is the people’s first successful attempt to drive the destroyers from the forum. I fear for coming generations if he doesn’t.

    • Replies: @Peter Akuleyev
  48. Anonon3 says:

    When I read anything by Linh Dinh my first reaction is always: that bastard can write!

    Aside from my own fondness for London and his works, this article brings back the memory of the first person who encouraged me to read him, a homeless man I met on the streets of LA who stopped me out of nowhere to give me a gushing review of London’s “Martin Eden”.

  49. @simple_pseudonymic_handle

    Nathaniel Hawthorne
    Herman Melville
    Walt Whitman
    Mark Twain
    Stephen Crane
    T.S. Eliot
    Henry James
    Tennessee Williams
    Saul Bellow
    John Updike
    ……..

  50. @Nancy Pelosi's Latina Maid

    (this comment has been filtered through an English-to-Dinh translator)

    Bloviating from his recycling pile in Vietnam, Dinh plucks out what he thinks is a devastating put-down: Pornhub.

    Pleased with himself, Dinh claims Pornhub transfixes Americans, but the reality is, this is projection.

    Innumerate, Dinh has no idea Pornhub is the 32nd most visited website according to Alexa. Oblivious, Dinh is under the impression that it’s “No. 1 sucky.”

    Frustrated to hear otherwise, Dinh turns off the computer and goes back to separating bottles and cans. Sweating, he takes a selfie for his next installment.

    • Replies: @bartolo1
    , @Dumbo
    , @anonymous
  51. pyrrhus says:

    Jack London also wrote the classic short story ‘To Build a Fire’, and the novel ‘The Call of the Wild’, both set in Alaska…..He was a talented writer.

    • Replies: @Anonymous Snanonymous
  52. Anonymous[164] • Disclaimer says:

    Like racism, nationalism is but self love.

    Mostly true – so is love for one’s parents, spouse and children. It’s a perfectly natural drive that extends all the way to the basic survival instinct.

  53. 6dust6 says:
    @simple_pseudonymic_handle

    When London sailed the South Pacific he contracted a topical disease
    that he treated with mercury. An account that I read some time ago
    attributed cause of death to mercury poisoning.

  54. @Montefrío

    Traven – a most mysterious German guy whose true identity remains uncertain. He wrote books about the hardships of life in Mexico, especially about white refugees begging and doing back breaking jobs in the scorching sun for miserly pay, indentured labourers, and peasant revolts.

  55. If it means anything, I do read you…

    Recently, I read Jack London’s sorry saga of the down and out Brits in the East End in the early 1900s when the 1% of the then empire were living it up. A people who do not give a shit about its own “white” people, certainly didn’t give a fuck for the humanity then. Do you think they give shit about it now?

  56. I wish the author would have done an analysis of London’s “Iron Heel.” I just read it for the first time, and what he was writing about 100 years ago on the dominance of the “oligarchs”, i.e., the “iron heel” rings as true today as it did back then.

    Curious also how he died so suddenly. There is a YouTube video of him at his ranch looking as healthy as can be only a couple of days before he mysteriously died.

  57. For a contrarian view on Jack London how about Miles Mathis:

    http://mileswmathis.com/london.pdf

    Mind you to him almost all 20th Century authors Hemingway, Pound, Eliot, etc. are spooks and fakes.

    • Replies: @utu
  58. @Anonymous Snanonymous

    A people who do not give a shit about its own “white” people, certainly didn’t give a fuck for the humanity then. Do you think they give shit about it now?

    Rhetorical question I guess. Obviously not.

    Just commenting to spare me hitting the Agree button.

  59. @Anonymous Snanonymous

    Sir, you have made a remarkably prescient point.

    USA today is like Britain in the late Victorian age. A Superpower of vast divides.

    In those days, a serial killer called Jack the Ripper stalked the streets.

    There is no difference. The class system has been replaced by rich Wall Street sharks and tech billionaires but the plutocracy is a plutocracy.

    Gin has given way to Opoids.

    But it is strangely similar.

  60. Anonymous[164] • Disclaimer says:
    @threestars

    Yes, yoga teacher.

  61. Alfred says:
    @follyofwar

    I guess Ukies hated Russians even back then.

    You are contradicting yourself.

    In the Soviet Union Jewish was a nationality. They even had their own region in that vast country.

    Jewish Autonomous Oblast

    Of course, the Jews are not really into farming and suchlike – except on Palestinian land – so the Jews have almost all cleared out to Moscow and so on.

    BTW, I am in the country you mentioned and I assure they do not hate Russians despite the massive propaganda efforts of the USA. Their Jewish president Zelensky made a speech in which he tried to say that Russians are different from Ukrainians and that they have nothing in common. It was badly received as most Ukrainians have relatives who are either Russian or are living in Russia.

    The differences between the Jews and the Slavs is much more real.

  62. AaronB says:

    In the East, even the most ignorant know the survival of his identity and dignity is conterminous with his nation’s.

    And yet just before, you discussed the awful poverty of London’s white poor. Not much dignity or identity there.

    Socialism might be a false hope, but I am not so sure nationalism is any less false. Both are, however, necessary in some measure.

    Exploitation of man by man is not something that will go away.

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
    , @Linh Dinh
  63. 好嗍 says:

    US suburbs have some serious poverty – this guy doesn’t get around much.

  64. @AaronB

    Aaron, a good many of Jack London’s “people of the abyss” were Jews. Polish Jewish emigrants flooded London. Jack the Ripper may or may not have been a Polish Jew (Among many suspects).

  65. bartolo1 says:
    @Bragadocious

    Synonym for Porn Hub=Online Porn. The ranking of Pornhub is irrelevant, online pornography is much, much more than Pornhub,

    It is pervasive and easily accessible. Too easy in many peoples minds.

    Not an Andrew Yang fan so much, but he did bring this up. So good for him.

  66. Jake says:

    Linh Dinh quotes Jack London: ““From the slimy, spittle-drenched, sidewalk, they were picking up bits of orange peel, apple skin, and grape stems, and, they were eating them. The pits of greengage plums they cracked between their teeth for the kernels inside. They picked up stray bits of bread the size of peas, apple cores so black and dirty one would not take them to be apple cores, and these things these two men took into their mouths, and chewed them, and swallowed them; and this, between six and seven o’clock in the evening of August 20, year of our Lord 1902, in the heart of the greatest, wealthiest, and most powerful empire the world has ever seen.”

    That is normal for the WASP Empire, for Anglo-Zionist Empire; that is what the WASP Elites, in any country, will strive to produce – their own non-Elites are treated as if they are virtually as sub – human as the Irish or Scottish Highlanders or Palestinians.

    It ought to be clear to all but the profoundly retarded why Jews see WASP culture as their preferred host.

  67. bluedog says:
    @Nancy Pelosi's Latina Maid

    Before we can do that we have to quit shitting on every other country on the planet, be they so called friend or foe.You can start out where ever you wish for no corner of the globe is immune from it.!!

  68. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @AaronB

    An empire exploits and abuses all natives, including those of its host nation. Just think of how they must send these natives to foreign lands, not just to kill, but die. It’s better to be a house slave than a field one, however, so many far flung subjects of the empire will try to sneak into the house. It’s also safer there, generally. Except for rare instances, as in 9/11, the empire won’t blow up natives inside its borders.

    • Replies: @Walter
  69. Anonymous[124] • Disclaimer says:
    @Montefrío

    Yes, those two novels fit the description (I’m not parsing Mexico from Latin America writ large), as do several other of his novels I read back in the early ’70’s. (Though a chemist by profession, I would systematically acquire and read, en bloc, all the works of authors that interested me, including all of Orwell’s thoroughly forgotten novels). If you appreciated “The Death Ship” and “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” go read “The Rebellion of the Hanged,” “The Cotton Pickers,” and “The General from the Jungle.” The mystery man B. Traven MUST have been on Che’s and Fidel’s reading list, as was his contemporary Jack London, I am sure.

    • Replies: @restless94110
  70. bluedog says:
    @Nancy Pelosi's Latina Maid

    First we have to give up the thought that we can keep shitting on every other country on the planet friend or created by propaganda foe, give up the mentality of the exceptional nation,the shinning light on the hill and all the bullshit of an empire, then and only then will other countries stop shitting all over America,and that will not end in your lifetime or mine.!!!

  71. I remember London’s short story, “To Build a Fire” It has stuck with me for many years. The ideas of rugged independence and a desperate struggle for survival are a common them in recent American history.

    Up until the 1970s, homesteading was allowed in the United States. Whenever I see people complain about “free shit,” I am tempted to remind them that America was built on the promise of Free Shit, The Oklahoma Sooners and so forth.

    You could and maybe still can strike a claim on government land and start mining it. It’s part of where our work ethic comes from. Gold mines, oil wells, farms and ranches all lying around for the taking. Just stake a claim, improve the land and it’s yours.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homestead_Acts

    • Replies: @durd
  72. @pyrrhus

    And let’s not forget “Fang.” I liked Orwell but I like London too. He was a fine writer (I have only read 3 of his books; I wish had more time… perhaps, in the future) and I thank Linh Dinh for writing this article. It so timely and apropos!

  73. jsigur says:

    London’s grandfather was the richest person in Ohio which basically refutes his insinuations of growing up poor.
    This also likely means that the privileged poets and writers he associated with after fame, came from his birth connections, not his books finally getting published after years of rejection
    The fact that he was quickly promoted as the socialist boy wonder by the Hearst newspapers pretty much makes London a 3rd tier op ( Protocols – 12-11). None the less, as one who was more affected by London’s writing than any other save Carlos Castenada or Dostoyevsky, He described quite accurately the natural enemy of the ppl, the 1 %. Never noticed him expose the Jew though, which again leads me to believe he indeed was a 3rd tier op for the 1%
    His best book is “Burning Daylight”. “Martin Eden”, his supposed autobiographical portrayal of a poor guy learning how to be a writer the 1% would promote is a close 2nd
    He had some extremely close Jewish friends however, Houdini being one. Highly recommend London to anyone

  74. Jake says:
    @Linh Dinh

    You have readers here, appreciative readers who know that you always get around to driving home an important point.

  75. eah says:
    @Kevin Barrett

    I’ve heard of/but know nothing about the details of alleged US use of biological weapons during the Korean War — your linked article begins:

    There is no historical controversy as contentious or long-lasting as the North Korean and Chinese charges of U.S. use of biological weapons during the Korean War. For those who believe the charges to be false — and that includes much of American academia, but not all — they must assume the burden of explaining why the North Koreans or Chinese made up any bogus claims to attack the credibility of U.S. forces. Because they had no reason to do that.

    It is a historical fact that the United States carpet-bombed and napalmed North Korea, killing nearly 3 million civilians thereby.

    In other words, massive war crimes are already self-evident, …

    I highlight the part I find particularly absurd.

    Also, re the “massive war crimes”, I am perhaps less willing to impose standards used in the modern age of “precision weapons” to describe past warfighting as “war crimes” — it made me recall this essay:

    Sabine Barnhart — Würzburg in Flames — 1945 — ‘When collateral damage was the point’

    If able, the Chinese and North Koreans surely would have done the same to American cities — if I was a soldier, caught up in such a war, I just might want my side to do everything it could, in terms of acceptable warfighting of the day, to end the war and keep me from dying in it.

  76. iffen says:
    @Linh Dinh

    Couldn’t you have just stuck to your working class and lumpen vignettes, poems and postcards and not entered into the political realm where you have no understanding.

    • Replies: @2stateshmustate
  77. utu says:
    @Commentator Mike

    This is from Miles Mathis:

    He never considers the obvious answer to his question: the real Jack London was a rich boy from a rich family who wasn’t raised by a black lady, wasn’t poor, didn’t work at a pickle factory, didn’t sail an oyster sloop, didn’t study at Heinold’s, didn’t hunt fur seals, wasn’t a Socialist, didn’t like women, didn’t write most of his books, and wasn’t manly at all. He was a gay spook working for fascist old families, and so he mirrored their opinions of the world in every way. All the progressive stuff was just a fake veneer, created to sell him to mainstream America as the opposite of what he was. We have seen that you could say that about almost every famous person in US history, the published bio being an inversion of the actual bio.

    Somebody should do analysis of Mathis writing using his own methodology.

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  78. gruff says:
    @Kevin Barrett

    If it didn’t work, then obviously we weren’t really trying.

  79. JackOH says:
    @Linh Dinh

    Linh, you’re probably getting tired of hearing from fans who are in no position to help you much.

    FWIW-Your Postcards demonstrates as sure a grip on busted-up America as anything I’m likely to read in the future. Plus, I saw a sort of $5 million indie movie using Postcards as a backbone. Maybe a Vietnamese or other Asian rep, French, Middle Eastern? I dunno. (Can’t remember if I mentioned this in a previous comment.)

    I know zip about the literary business, but if it’s anything like the academy that I’ve seen, knuckle-under and suck-up is the rule.

  80. I tip my hat to London for even becoming literate, a feat which many of his era were unable to accomplish or didn’t bother with in that period. His writing was uneven, but The Iron Heel and The Sea Wolf and Call Of The Wild are wonderful reads, as are some of his stories about boxing. His work is now available for free at project Guttenberg and archive.org.

  81. @AmRusDebate

    Orwell presents the jews as heroes, the liberators of mankind. The primary enemy of the state in 1984 is one Emmanuel Goldstein.

    • Agree: Iris
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  82. Dumbo says:
    @Nancy Pelosi's Latina Maid

    of certain primetime lusty guys who are comfortable with pornography. Couldn’t be more than 10%.

    I’m pretty sure it’s way more than 10% the number of people who consume pornography in the US, even if just occasionally.
    Actually, funny thing, Pornhub is Canadian (well, the owner company is established in Canada, but who knows where the money comes from).
    Most people like America and American culture, but I personally feel it is intrusive and I’d like if they kept it to themselves, especially things like the Kartrashians and things like that. But no, they have to export it everywhere. And as I said, most people like it, but a few resent its influence, and so I can understand why some people hate America too.
    The US is a decadent empire for sure, but it will take still a few hundred years to go down, it won’t be destroyed in our lifetimes, so relax.

    • Replies: @seekerofthepresence
  83. Dumbo says:
    @Bragadocious

    Obviously, in this case Pornhub is just a metonym for porn in general. I don’t know how many people consume pornography in the U.S., or in the west in general, but I think it’s pretty high. (I personally stopped watching it years ago and don’t miss it, but I’m sure that the number of people who watch it is much greater than it was even just a few decades ago.)

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  84. Anonymous[124] • Disclaimer says:
    @Kevin Barrett

    Yes, we did perpetrate the heinous war crime of germ warfare against North Korea.

    I did research as an undergraduate for a microbiology professor at a major state university back in the 1960’s, during the height of the Vietnam war. He had a bound copy of the UN investigation of this matter on a bookshelf in his office to which I had free access. It happened. It was described in detail. I was appalled that this “holier than thou” country would do such a thing to fellow human beings. They deviated from the Third Reich only in the specifics. Then the world started to learn about Agent Orange, Yellow Rain, My-Lai, search and destroy, carpet bombing and napalming civilians and all the rest. Imagine the most vile crime against humanity your mind is capable of contriving and the American government is not only capable of carrying it out, it has probably already done so.

  85. durd says:
    @TKK

    Always shake the tree first then build a fire. Stay in your cabin or near your cabin in anything worse than -50 I had a native friend who sunk her snow-machine and herself in a creek at -40. She had a jar of diesel soaked sawdust, she started a fire under tree, built a cubby with spruce bows, dried her clothes and spent the whole night and part of the next day tending the fire with no sleeping bag. 70 miles north of Huslia, Ak. Her father reported her missing by satellite phone, a plane found her, then guys from Huslia went out there by snow-machine.

    When it is that cold a fire doesn’t radiate much heat, all the heat goes up as if there is a stovepipe connected. Very tough girl.

  86. @Anonymous

    No doubt. “The Phoenix Program” by Douglas Valentine as a real eye opener for me.

  87. Cato says:

    Wow. The way you ended this was beautiful. So right.

    Jack London was the favorite author of my grandfather, who was given a one way ticket to America at age 13 and spent five years on the road. My father also spent his years on the road, perhaps inspired by reading London in his childhood, and I read London at age 16, before I began my self-initiated travels, so perhaps I too was inspired.

    Years later, when I was a university student, I went through the US State Department recruitment process. The oral interview was a one-on-one conversation with a patrician, silver-haired, nose-in-the-air, career officer. Reminded me of William F. Buckley Jr. or John Kenneth Galbraith. He asked me what American author I most admired. My immediate response was Jack London. A shadow passed across his face, his upper lip curled. He asked me to elaborate. He was not at all happy with my answer. I didn’t get the job. But I learned something about our elites.

    Orwell and London both wrote about working people. They both lived on the road and on the street. London ended up like his hero Martin Eden, a suicide. Orwell carried on, and attracted parasites. Neither had particularly happy lives, but both are authors that our elites may not want us to read.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  88. durd says:
    @Si1ver1ock

    If your goofy enough you can get Discovery Channel to support you like the Browns in Alaska Bush Family.

  89. Saggy says: • Website
    @Linh Dinh

    I found only this on Facebook …
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Linh-Dinh/109592755734577
    What’s up with that?

    BTW, Hedges is a strange dude, he has spent his life working for Jews and still does at TruthDig. He has become one of them, continually citing Marx, Hannah Arendt, Rosa Luxembourg, et. al., and railing against corporate America, he wrote a TD article .. “AIPAC Represents the One Percent”.

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
    , @Euripidoze
  90. As long as we’re on the subject, another brilliant story by London is ‘Lost Face.’

  91. Saggy says: • Website
    @Linh Dinh

    When I started publishing political articles nearly a decade ago, I goofily believed all these “dissident” sites had the same aim of exposing the criminality of the US government. Then I realized nearly all of them are controlled opposition. Their real job is to jerk off while castrating dissidence!

    Hedges !

  92. Parfois1 says:
    @Franz

    Most formerly-loyal Americans I know are hoping to win the lottery so they can move to Portugal or someplace sane. But with the Depression about to kick in, I doubt a winning $10 million lottery ticket will cover a burger and a beer by this time next year.

    No need to wait for a lottery windfall. I know of many Brits and Froggies moving to Portugal just relying on minimal pensions for a comfortable retirement because the cost of living there, particularly housing, is so cheap, easy commuting with the UK, the pleasant climate, and the place has not been invaded by large numbers of third-worlders, although there is a smattering of Brazilians and from the ex-colonies (African, Indians, Chinese), mainly around Lisbon.

    I’ve spent some time there (teaching ESL) and would definitely recommend it as a desirable place for retirees or anyone of independent means. As an added attraction, the Jews were expelled 500 years ago and have not returned!

    The Azores islands are even more attractive and just a hop away from the US.

    • Replies: @Franz
    , @bikeanarkist
  93. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Saggy

    Hi Saggy,

    I have no idea what that is. I don’t deal with FaceBook.

    Linh

  94. JackOH says:
    @Anonymous

    “They deviated from the Third Reich only in the specifics.”

    I’ve suggested a Black Book of Western Liberalism, modeled on The Black Book of Communism, which I think was first published in France in the 1990s. Sure, it would be tendentious, but I think it would help clarify the hypocrisies we live by.

    I think there was a Prof. Rudy Rummel who straighforwardly ranked the United States among other nations for “democide”, the killing of a nation’s own people. I don’t think he counted America’s dubious military interventions either.

    • Replies: @Cato
  95. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Dumbo

    Hi Dumbo,

    This Bragadocious is a Midtown dwelling Israel firster who can’t stand the fact that I want his beloved Fascist state to disappear, so he’s been lying for years that I “hate, hate, hate” white people. (That’s how he emphasizes a lie, by repeating it three times.) I spent years chronicling the plight of poor American whites (and blacks, browns and yellows), not because they were exotic, but because I was nearly always among them. They were my friends. Israel firsters, though, love to stoke racial hatred and division among people. It’s one of their key tactics.

    When I profiled an Iraqi refugee living in Scranton, one who had had two brothers killed by American soldiers, Bragadocious jumped in to mock her job at a donut factory, and now, he’s making fun of me for making an honest living in a plastic recycling plant.

    Though these Israel firsters love to wave the socialist banner, most of them simply hate working people, but we shouldn’t be surprised, considering how shamelessly hypocritical these misanthropes are.

    Linh

    • Agree: Iris
    • LOL: Bragadocious
  96. Cato says:
    @JackOH

    Yes. Rudy Rummel. Known for collecting lots of data and telling it like it is. Check it out: https://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/NOTE1.HTM

    • Replies: @JackOH
  97. @Nancy Pelosi's Latina Maid

    I take the opposite view. When you hear something every day, it loses all meaning. Why bother with an annual moratorium on something that has no impact the other 364 days?

  98. @Paul

    The only way to stay in power that long is to be shifty. Like Juan Peron. Rigid ideologues’ careers track more like Il Duce’s

  99. Hacienda says:

    What’s striking about the homeless situation in LA is that the encampments are growing in and around the neighborhoods that are thriving and increasing in popularity. Downtown LA has seen a rejuvenation, as has Koreatown. But these areas are where you’ll see the homeless clustered under overpasses, take up a block of street. It seems Skidrow has grown to 3, 4x what is once was. And Skidrow comes up against the bustling garment district.

    I know this board will see this as a story of Turd World taking down First World. But I see it as a story of the young and strong (of all races) taking over the old and weak of all races (except Asians and Jews, who represent a very small proportion of LA’s homeless). A huge proportion of the homeless in LA are seniors, too. As sad as this is, and it is sad, Father Time will take care of this situation. As always.

    • Replies: @Cato
  100. @Saggy

    Hedges is an interesting man. He started out in Big Media but seems to have a very strict moral code that compels him to keep tilting at windmills. I think his moral center made him flee the lucrative career in”journalism” to write from the heart.

  101. MEFOBILLS says:
    @Linh Dinh

    This Bragadocious is a Midtown dwelling Israel firster who can’t stand the fact that I want his beloved Fascist state to disappear,

    In 1926 Mussolini nationalized the banks, and forced pimps, prostitutes and usurers to a special zone designated for them.

    By nationalizing the banks, Mussolini short circuited bankster mechanism by which a small cadre of bankers vote absentee stocks. This mechanism then allows them to swing the stock market, profiting on the swings in each direction.

    Bolshevism was funded into existence by Wall Street and London Jew financiers. Their mechanism is that of creating credit from nothing, and profiting on various usurious schemes….. in effect being a predator and stealing from hosts using sophisticated mechanisms. Bankster mechanisms get traction using in-group nepotism.

    Fascism of Italy, and National Socialism of Germany was a reaction to finance capitalism and its excesses. The Big Jew was rightly fingered as operating a scheme to dispossess native peoples from their historical birthright. (Small Jews can be victims of their psychopathic leaders.) Finance capitalism in turn is another form of Bolshevism. Remember always that finance capital funded the Bolsheviks, and today’s Globo-Homo is just another form of Bolshevism.

    Fascism is one of those words that has been perverted beyond its original meaning. The Jew and finance capitalists always go bezerk over any real fascism, because fascist nationalize the money. This then disrupts the Jewish “international” money making scams.

    WW1 and 2 were mostly about economics. Germany had employed Frederick List’s industrial capitalism model, and was self funding itself using internal credit. This form of economy was superior is all ways to the predatory finance capital system that was run out of London a the time. In short, England was being out-competed by a superior model The Jew has always been a finance capitalist, wanting to own and hold debt instruments against civilization.

    Please don’t fall for the Fascist word trap. ZOG only uses fascist techniques, but they are mostly Bolshevist. Fascist techniques, like the big lie, predate fascism. In my opinion, fascism arose as a healthy response against depredations of “international jewish capital.” Bolshevism of course morphed into full on Communism, and the Jew was safe under Communist construct as well, as it leveled everybody down into “one man.”

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  102. Parfois1 says:
    @Paul

    Indeed, we agree. That was the theoretical and widely accepted position then: Socialism was to liberate mankind from the fetters of global Capitalism, and international solidarity was paramount. But history tell us of fractures and frictions among international socialists during WWI when nationalist propaganda trumped international Socialism.

    The promising German Revolution of 1918 fizzled out and the Soviets were alone holding the baby of Socialism. Lenin retreated into the NEP to revive the economy after the calamity of the WWI and civil war and Stalin continued that policy until 1928 when he took stock of the situation and realised that they were still alone and defenceless (Mongolia was of little help) while Fascism was growing as a menace, not only in Italy, Germany but even in England and elsewhere.

    What to do? Fold the tent of Socialism and go home back to Capitalism? The Central Committee had no alternative other than forging ahead with Socialism and industrialization on steroids to prepare for the coming onslaught. And that was in the nick of time; had the Soviets waited for the internationalists to play catch-up, Hitler would soon parade his troops in Moscow as he had done over in Warsaw and Paris – and later London and beyond.

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  103. @Anonymous

    No, I had read almost all of B Traven’s works about 2 decades before I read London. I loved Traven’s writing, his shadowy real life persona, but he wrote most of his stuff after Orwell has passed, always seemed a contemporary of Steinbeck, even in his writing style. I love Steinbeck, believe he was the greatest of all American writers.

    No that dense style that you see in London is a distinctly late 19th century/early 20th thing. I have been searching my memory for the author of the novel. The novel was about a down on his luck guy in Paris who by luck and by fraud ended up in some much better economic position as well as elevated in class and ends as he is going on a cruise liner to Argentina. It’s sort of an early form of Patricia Highsmith’s Mr. Ripley character (I’ve read all 4 of her novels about Ripley).

    I am coming up empty on the author, but his prose was so dense, but good, that you read 2 pages and it was like reading 20 of most anyone else. I felt the same reading Jack London, and maybe even Jules Verne. Books made for a different time.

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  104. @Montefrío

    The Death Ship was great but it was written before Traven fled to Mexico to live the rest of his days. But The Death Ship was about a sailor who had missed or been kicked off his ship at some port and had signed on to the death ship. It’s been a long time since I read that, I think it was the first Traven I ever read, though Treasure of Sierra Madre was a close 2nd. I was really impressed that John Houston did a movie so faithful to the book. My favorite Traven of all time is the short story, Macario, which was made into a Mexican film, but was written in English.

    Traven lived in Mexico, was tri-lingual, and his Jungle series does focus on events in Mexico, but he wrote about other things, too (e.g., The Death Ship).

  105. @Anonymous

    London and Traven were not contemporaries. Traven was born later and lived 55 years longer. They have nothing in common.

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  106. MEFOBILLS says:
    @Parfois1

    The ancient Greeks would spend much effort defining their terms.

    What to do? Fold the tent of Socialism and go home back to Capitalism?

    What kind of Socialism? What kind of Capitalism?

    There is the type of mixed economy “socialism” of the Nordic countries. There is a world of difference between finance capitalism and industrial capitalism.

    The only type of successful economy in modern history is a mixed economy. This would be a form of socialism, where government owns inelastic sectors, or regulates inelastic sectors. A truly sovereign country owns its money power, and has not given it away to banking corporations run by a few Oligarchs.

    Also, if your country is majority white, it can have just about any type of government, and the people will make it go.

    https://russia-insider.com/en/history/if-not-bolshevism-russias-population-would-exceed-americas-3x-what-it-today/ri27754

  107. @utu

    Somebody should do analysis of Mathis writing using his own methodology.

    You’re right about that. It would be fun if he did it himself. His own multidisciplinary output is huge and unbelievable; makes you wonder if it may not have been done by a committee rather than just by one guy. Still he tends to raise some good points and makes you think. His genealogy research throws up some interesting links but whether all the connections he makes are as relevant as he claims is hard to say. Also his photo work: I’m sure many photographs were faked or touched up even before photoshop but whether the intent was always as sinister as he claims is doubtful. He has some articles on 911 but those seem to me to be his weakest and I am not clear at all what his position is on that. I wish he analysed that event in the same way he has done many others.

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  108. Gus Flory says: • Website

    Jack London and George Orwell. My two favorite writers.

    I’ve been to the Wolf House in Glen Ellen a couple times. Definitely worth the visit. Jack London is not forgotten in Northern California.

    Shortly before Jack died, he was ripping Teddy Roosevelt in print for Teddy’s ridicule of “Call of the Wild”. Teddy was the original neocon. Funny how people in Teddy’s way often ended up dead.

    Jack was working on a book about turn-of-the-century radical New York politics when he died. It’s too bad he died young and didn’t live out his days under the redwoods in his Wolf House. There’s much he could have told us.

    Hemingway wrote that Orwell visited him in Paris asking for a gun because communists were trying to kill him. Hemingway gave Orwell the gun but made Orwell out to be a fool in his telling of the story. A FOIA request by a journalist a few years ago revealed that Hemingway had been an informant for the KGB.

    I don’t believe London or Orwell died from what we’re told they did. I don’t believe Hemingway blew his own brains out either.

    We’re told that Hemingway killed himself because he had lost his writing mojo. But his best and greatest book, in my opinion, was his last, “A Moveable Feast”. In that book, Hemingway praised Ezra Pound and insulted Gertrude Stein.

    If you’re going to build up a writer to be one of the greatest literary geniuses of the century, you can’t let him get too big for his britches and go off narrative. Something must be done.

  109. @restless94110

    I loved Traven’s writing, his shadowy real life persona, but he wrote most of his stuff after Orwell has passed

    Orwell’s first book Down and out in Paris in London was published in 1933. B. Traven published most of his works before Orwell passed: The Death Ship (1925), Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1927), The White Rose (1929) and so on up to A General from the Jungle (1940). After WWII he published very little, only Aslan Norval (1960) and some short stories. Rebellion of the Hanged (1936) is absolutely superb, unbelievable but true documentation of hardship, torture and abuse of labourers, as although a novel it was based on real conditions prevailing in the Mexican jungle work camps at the time, and a brilliant eye-catching title for a novel like no other.

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  110. eah says:
    @Anonymous

    They deviated from the Third Reich only in the specifics.

    What specifically did “the Third Reich” do that in your view was comparable to the “heinous war crime of germ warfare” committed by the US in Korea? — Hitler was a victim of gas warfare in WWI (he was temporarily blinded by British use of mustard gas), and consistently forbid its use by the Wehrmacht in WWII , even to stave off ‘Der Untergang’ — I don’t know if the Germans had “germ warfare” capability in WWII or not, or if they did if its use was considered — if so, no doubt Hitler would have forbidden that as well.

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  111. Franz says:
    @Parfois1

    I know of many Brits and Froggies moving to Portugal just relying on minimal pensions

    Thanks for the information!

    I dream of becoming an ex-pat from this madhouse and that sounds terrific. It gives me something positive and encouraging to research (for a change!).

    Sometimes just the idea of a New World give me a great lift.

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  112. nsa says:
    @Linh Dinh

    Since you have been censored in polite circles and run out of the country, why continue to go all squishy and utilize euphemisms like “Israel firsters”? Why not just finger the jew directly like fellow poet Ezra Pound? Without curbing the rapacious self-serving jew, western society has zero chance of survival.

    • Replies: @Republic
    , @Linh Dinh
  113. JackOH says:
    @Cato

    Cato, thanks.

    I knew of Prof. Rummel’s work only sketchily from his Web site, but he struck me as an academic with his heart in the right place. He surely didn’t make any friends by saying the killing of innocents is an occasional tool of policy that cuts across ideological, national, and ethnic lines.

    When I commented, I was thinking specifically of Prof. Robert Paxton’s criticism of the scholarly work on fascism. His complaint was that scholars paid too much attention to the speeches and writing of fascists, and not enough attention to what fascists were doing.

    The same applies to thinking about the United States in my opinion. Topside, we have mountains of fine-sounding rhetoric; belowdecks, the America that’s actually lived is a different story.

  114. Thank you for publishing your writing like this. I look forward to every new installment. Great stuff.

  115. Biff says:
    @Nancy Pelosi's Latina Maid

    you’re left with a core of certain primetime lusty guys who are comfortable with pornography. Couldn’t be more than 10%.

    I remember driving through the Bible Belt in the 90’s and the amount of billboard advertising for porn vids was staggering – especially Texas. Way more than ten percent for that kind of money. Exploiting the urges makes a lot of money.

  116. Walter says:
    @simple_pseudonymic_handle

    Not alcohol alone. At his ranch I was able to see that he dosed with stimulants (that raise BP to dangerous levels) as well, and barbiturates… The three drugs taken over time will cause renal failure – the cause of his death. See my remark above.

    The reasons why people write are also oftentimes the reasons they take drugs…Hunter Thompson comes to mind in the Pantheon…

    Of course Hunter died because of what he was going to write, not from dope or drink…

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  117. Dumbo says:
    @Linh Dinh

    jumped in to mock her job at a donut factory, and now, he’s making fun of me for making an honest living in a plastic recycling plant. Though these Israel firsters love to wave the socialist banner, most of them simply hate working people

    It’s something that I’ve noticed in many upper-class people, especially elite Jews and Anglos. While many are supposedly socialists or progressive, they love to mock rednecks, farmers, Rust Belt types, workers in manual labor, as if being a Wall Street wolf or a scamming lawyer or a media whore were the only noble professions. They tend to be very materialist and see no value in actual, honest work for survival.

    I don’t know if it’s cluelessness or perfidy. I remember once a journalist writing about struggling poor people in the Midwest and saying something like, “why don’t they just move to the Silicon Valley and find better jobs”.

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    , @eah
  118. @Franz

    You’ve got to really detest your country. As Linh and I do. You have to be willing to do just about anything to make a living.

    You have to have no value for the brands, media or people of your own country. I don’t. Apart from this site and yahoo news I have zero care for the United States. I would not live there out of choice if I was paid. There is no value in America for me.

    For Australians or Western Europeans, the social safety net is of some value. But in the US all the government will give you is a food card anyhow, so what difference does it make?

  119. @Linh Dinh

    Dear Mr. Linh

    Sir

    These posters have never been overseas and could never make a living overseas. They have lived at home all of their 25 or 30 years on this planet earth. They have never left the community they were born in.

    Do you think any of them could make a living overseas? I’d be surprised if they could even find a hotel.

    These mostly middle-class Gen Y chopper kids are still living in their parents house in the very bedroom they were born in.

    What would they know about running a girly bar in the Philippines? Or selling lottery as I do.

    They don’t know anything. They’ve never been to other countries.

    I have. I live in Southeast Asia. I do so because for lower middle class males like me American would be far worse than the two bedroom bungalow I currently live in.

    Most of these posters have never been overseas. They’ve never met an American who runs a girly bar in the Philippines because he has to or he would be homeless in America.

    They’ve never been homeless in America at night in some park. They’ve never spent a night in a homeless shelter and awoken to some black crackhead masturbating buck naked on their head like on American I met who explained why he lived in a Neepah Hut in the Philippines.

    These fools have no basis of comparison and think America is the greatest country in the world! They think it offers them more than civilized countries like Australia or France offer their citizens.
    You are corresponding with people who never lived overseas. And there are two kinds of people in the world. Those who live overseas and those that do not.

  120. Walter says:
    @Linh Dinh

    Is it always true that “An empire exploits and abuses all natives, including those of its host nation” ?

    The present Chinese and Persian and Russian Empires seem to behave pretty well toward their internal nations – but of course we do not think of these as “Empires”.

    When the Persians were expanding – say 490 BCE, many cities and peoples desired the economic and other benefits of becoming part of Persia, or so they say. Later, of course, Xerxes watched the Greeks sink the Persian navy at Salamis – not everybody wanted to join.

    It seems to me that when we speak of Empires we need a finer understanding of the semantics. I propose that under rational leadership, and within moral limits Empires can be, and are shown Historically to have been, welcome political structures that brought prosperity, public parks, roads and bridges, postal service, justice, equity, and centuries of stability for millions of ordinary schmucks and their children.

    Circumstances too, of course, are prerequisite for Empires, as for ethics in general – (as Marx wrote). For example, an “Empire” built of piracy and plunder is seldom welcome. As we see… Such Empires have a defined life-span. They collapse when the piracy and plunder are squandered away and the subject satrapies rebel – ungrateful for the wonders the pirates brought! One may regard the US today as a failing forward operating base of the anglosaxon “diaspora” – a global plunder project that has failed due to incompetence and ignorant greed wrapped in unspeakable moral corruptions. I am not sure that really fits the mold for “Empire”. Fundamentally unstable, I would say.

    As an aside, the post-soviet Sherlock Holmes movies the Russian did reflect the script-writers schooled in Soviet Times (there’s also Soviet Sherlocks)— One interesting thing there that caught my attention is the refrain “Freedom is not up to us, as you know, Sir!”

    This anathema to the US mythology…and also obvious. It does not come from Conan-Doyle… Indeed, it seems like freedom is up to Empire…and some deliver, and some fail to deliver.

    The Ivans are smiled upon by Fortune to have found a new Byzantine Emperor and Russian Czar to preside over their Empire. (Yup, elected at Mt Athos a few years ago…)

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  121. Republic says:
    @nsa

    Why not just finger the jew directly like fellow poet Ezra Pound?

    I guess that LD doesn’t want to end up in a mental hospital like Pound was.

    Like the Soviet Union the US will soon be putting politically offensive people in mental hospitals

    • Replies: @nsa
  122. @Walter

    Of course Hunter died because of what he was going to write

    Walter, are you implying he was eliminated? A murder disguised as a suicide?

    I thought London was a morphine addict by the end of his life and that a suspected morphine overdose was the cause of his death. That’s what I read somewhere and it wasn’t clear to me if it was an intentional or accidental overdose. Of course Miles Mathis claims Jack faked his death and lived on incognito.

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  123. utu says:
    @Commentator Mike

    I give him benefit of doubt and credit that he does it in a good faith(on some level because I am sure that he is aware of some of his deceptions and self-deceptions) and w/o external help. There were cases of highly functioning paranoid-schisoprenics with a streak of genius who were able to spin the whole new universe and manage to span it so it did not implode on itself so they could carry on and keep supporting their strange belief systems.

    Check out Stanisław Szukalski

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanisław_Szukalski

    or

    Richard Sharpe Shaver

    http://www.unz.com/ldinh/jack-london/#new_comments

    Beginning in 1940, Szukalski devoted most of his time examining the mysteries of prehistoric ancient history of mankind, the formation and shaping of languages, faiths, customs, arts, and migration of peoples. He tried to unravel the origin of geographical names, gods, and symbols that have survived in various forms in various cultures. This work, called “Protong” (in Polish, “Macimowa”), continued uninterruptedly for over 40 years. He wrote a manuscript of 42 volumes, totaling more than 25,000 pages, and including 14,000 illustrations.[3] The volumes covered a variety of issues; his pen drawings of artifacts, which he considered “witnesses”, were done to confirm his theories.

    Zermatism, Szukalski’s concept of world history, postulated that all human culture derived from post-deluge Easter Island and that in all human languages one can find traces of the original, ancient mother-tongue of mankind. In his view, humanity was locked in an eternal struggle with the Sons of Yeti (“Yetinsyny”), the offspring of Yeti and humans, who had enslaved humanity from time immemorial. He claimed that the figures of the god Pan on Greek vases depict creatures that actually existed, the product of Yeti apes raping human women. Szukalski used his considerable artistic talents to illustrate his theories, which, despite their lack of scientific merit, have gained a cult following largely on their aesthetic value.

    Personally I believe that the schtick that Miles Mathis employs could be easily deconstructed but nobody bothers because he is just an exocentric harmless artist just like Szukalski.

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  124. @Commentator Mike

    If someone were going to have killed Thompson it would have been during the Nixon era when he was politically relevant.

    A person can only write about drugs for so many years before they become crushingly boring; P.J. O’Rourke seemed to realize this and writing up his experience with the then new drug Ecstasy in the mid-eighties.

    Hunter S Thompson rose to prominence briefly when it turned out George Bush might have done drugs at his house as an aimless ne’er-do-well in his mid-twenties (Bush was ejected for passing out in his Thompson’s bathtub).

    Hunter S. Thompson was already in his mid-thirties when he wrote FEAR & LOATHING. Drug use is really only stylish and acceptable in a young man. By middle age, it is pitiful and even worse, dull.

    Mick Jagger and Kieth Richards sixties drug exploits were trendy because they were 25. George Michael, who discovered drugs late in life, was reviled as 50 year old man who was still crashing his car into walls while stoned.

    Hunter S Thompson became a dull drunk.

  125. @utu

    Utu,

    Mathis concluded his write-up on the Beat generation with the following:

    To those agents who are reading this—and I know you are there—you may ask why I can’t just shut up and leave well enough alone. Why do I seem to be on this idealistic crusade? Just in case you really don’t know, even after reading all my papers, it is because I am one of the real artists you defined out of the game. You stole my life from me and left me on the side of the road, with nowhere to go. More than that, you blocked all other meaningful work as well, for me and all people like me. I am also a poet: you destroyed poetry. I am a novelist: you destroyed that, too. So I went into science, only to discover you had destroyed that, too. You have destroyed the top end of every field, which of course will leave people like me very bored, with nothing to do but counter-attack. If you had found a way to include us—had left some field of endeavor open to excellence, idealism, truth, and beauty—you might have saved yourself much opposition. In the meantime, people like me might have solved some of your problems for you, and the world wouldn’t have to be such a nasty cut-throat place.

    Suggestive of paranoia, megalomania, delusions of grandeur, and indications that he may himself have been rejected by the intelligence agencies, something he accuses many others whose life and work he reviews, although of course he says that rejection was just a cover for acceptance into service in their wikipedia bios. Still I like his critique of the modern world and the degeneracy in the arts – he’s at his best when dealing with that. He’s definitely talented and intelligent but where does he find the time for all the things he does?

    • Replies: @utu
  126. @Commentator Mike

    Maybe it was because I started reading Traven shortly after he passed that I somehow associated his books with a much later date. I had read periodic articles about him while he still was alive, and how there had been some kind of effort to unmask him by tracing his royalty payments.

    But I should have known differently since Houston’s film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre was done sometime in the 40s.

    I stand corrected.

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  127. Pontius says:
    @Dumbo

    “Those jobs aren’t coming back.”, usually said with barely contained contempt.

    I remember when GM sold off Electro-Motive a few years back. Progress Rail promptly shut down GM Diesel in London Ontario and sent the whole works south where the workers would be paid about half or less of what the Canadian workers were making. Most of the comments I read where how the workers never deserved to make what they were making in London and that how anybody could learn to put locomotives together within a week blah blah… People often extol the trades as a way to make decent money without going too much into debt, but there is always a lingering resentment of those who actually do so, like their combination of skill and hard work somehow doesn’t quite measure up to the value of a degree in sociology or queer theory.

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  128. MEFOBILLS says:
    @Walter

    I propose that under rational leadership, and within moral limits Empires can be, and are shown Historically to have been, welcome political structures that brought prosperity, public parks, roads and bridges, postal service, justice, equity, and centuries of stability for millions of ordinary schmucks and their children.

    Empires are often empires to pay off Plutocracy (those bent individuals who hold debts on the world). Today’s U.S. is a Plutocracy of bond holders and corporations making demands on the world. The world isn’t enough for them, they want it all – even the Universe. Psychopathic constructs like Talmud and Judaizer Zionist Christianity gives cover and sanction for their depredations.

    In the modern era, including Rome, empires spread to pay debt.

    By absorbing debt free rims and outer-lands, internal debts could be paid. The out-rims would be put into new debts, which then paid old debts in the interior.

    Rome collapsed when it could not pay its bond-holders and usurers, as Rome did not fully understand that money’s true nature is law. By not understanding money, modern humans also make fundamental mistakes about the nature of reality.

    If a nation desires what another nation has, the money can be borrowed. The interest on the money then grows outside of nature, and the borrower is then forced to war.
    Example: Persia borrows Talents of gold from Babylon. The rate is 33 1/3%. The Talents were in gold, and the loan was to be paid back in gold. The loan doubles in 3 years.

    Persia soon finds there is no money in circulation and commerce comes to a halt except for barter. King Cyrus needs gold and Babylon has the gold Persia just paid them. Persia goes to war against her creditor and confiscates Babylon’s gold. Persia then adopts Babylon’s usury money system, which leads to perpetual war between nations.

    When Persia spent the now confiscated Babylonian gold, there was an instant flash of economic activity. New cities, temples, industries were financed. Armies were outfitted, and palaces were built. The Greeks wanted some of these new Persian wares, so they borrowed from Persia.
    In 412 BC, Sparta borrowed 5,000 Talents from Persia to build warships. This loan was at standard rates, and seven years later in 405 B.C., Lysander of Sparta used these ships to destroy the whole Athenian fleet.

    This event made Sparta number one in Greece, but on borrowed money. Sparta’s loan payment to Persia was 153 Talents per month for 7 years at 33 1/3 = 12,858 Talents of gold. Of course Sparta did not have that much gold. Debts that cannot be paid won’t be, unless you gin up a war and take the “others” wealth through empire, or through transfer of debts. Sparta transferred their debts to Athens. Sparta was malfunctioning and acting like a Jew simply because of the demands of debts.
    In 336 BC Phillip of Macdonia died, and his Alexander inherited a Treasury with no money. He also owed millions.

    Greece was bare of money, Persia was rich (due to Athens paying off what they could), so Alexander was forced to invade Persia.

    Rome empire was doomed as soon as they adopted precious metal money payable at interest after second Punic war. Rome ended up moving East toward the Bosporous, so she could interdict the east/west mechanism.

    East West was run by Caravan Jews who moved Silver from the West, and Gold from the East. Ostensibly they were moving spices, but in reality, the arbitrage on metal was their secret method of stealing wealth from civilization.

    If people don’t get a handle on money, they will continue to mistake historical events, and will continue to malfunction into the future.

    Debts have to be jubileed. The logos is BALANCE in all things. Any sort of empire is UNBALANCED, and this need to rape the earth to pay exponential demands of debts is one of the root causes for empire.

    During the expansion phase of empire, they have good activity. During the debt collapse phase, the ruling Oligarchy turns inward, and extracts from its people. The U.S. is in the inward collapse phase now.

    • Replies: @utu
  129. @restless94110

    Yes, ever so many theories about who B. Traven really was. One that he was an illegitimate son of German Emperor Wilhelm II, but relevant to this thread there was even one that he was Jack London after faking his own death.

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  130. durd says:
    @Sergey Krieger

    Here is a Londonesque story of resilience going on today.

    “I came here, you know,land of the free.

    I said where,you know?

    Right here, out in the woods,you know

    So I chose my path. Mushroom picker.”

  131. eah says:
    @Dumbo

    I don’t know if it’s cluelessness or perfidy.

    The arrogance of youth can be some small excuse — after that/past a certain age it’s perfidy.

  132. utu says:
    @Commentator Mike

    “where does he find the time” – You have produced comments of 160,000 words so far here at the UR. And you repeat yourself recycling few templates that exist in your mind. The same goes for Mathis. You could distill him to 10,000 words. The rest is verbiage, the adornment, the bait.

  133. anonymous[191] • Disclaimer says:
    @Bragadocious

    It seems that Dinh has hit a raw nerve here. He didn’t say that Americans shouldn’t be allowed to jerk off to Jerkhub or any other sites, he was only mentioning that a large number of men waste a lot of productive time on these sites.

    Tell us a bit about yourself, do you use Jerkhub? Do you do anything productive or creative with your life rather than sitting around criticizing an excellent writer who has an extremely interesting take on life in the United States that could only be written by someone on the outside looking in.

    I would recommend you get out more and start observing the world around you and start experiencing life. You will never get this experience watching internet porn.

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  134. I remember reading London’s description of walking from one night bed to another and seeing his companion pick up a tiny piece of orange peel to eat. Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London covers much the same in UK having to walk to a different free lodge each day.
    Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell was written just before WW1 and was put together from hundreds of notes covering one year at a small remodeling company in England. I think it is a great contrast to later conditions in England. Those painters and carpenters managed to work a good per cent of the time and have a fairly dignified life. He called them philanthropists because they did their work so the owners could live in luxury. Any construction worker today can relate to the situations that were documented in 1910.

  135. nsa says:
    @Republic

    “…..LD does not want to end up in a mental hospital like Pound….”
    It took 10 years for the gentile literati to get Pound out of the bughouse, mainly because vile vindictive jews like the Death of a Salesman hack lobbied to keep the old boy locked up. Hemingway led the charge to get Pound released, but the yid hated Hemingway almost as much as Pound and would like to have stuck him in the nuthouse too.. Hemingway had spent time in Hollywood, knew the ways of the jew intimately, and never missed a chance to insult the tribe.

  136. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @nsa

    Hi nsa,

    If you’ve read me, then you know I don’t shy from saying “Jewish” or “Jewish power,” but here I stay with “Israel firsters” because the people I’m fingering are rabid defenders of Israel, but not necessarily Jews. Online, you don’t know who’s a man, woman, black, white, hasbara, paid troll, joker or genuine. No one is visible but the writer.

    Linh

  137. @Commentator Mike

    Lol, well, that’s a new one on me.

    On the contrary, the story I had always heard was that he was a radical leftie who had been run out of Germany (really, on threat of death) and had found haven in Mexico. This dovetails with the widely documented policy of the leftist Mexican government to accept the leftist refugees of the Spanish Civil War who were corralled in France.

    Mexico opened its arms to these people, and Traven also moved there. I think it was a terrific move for this magnificent artist.

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  138. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @anonymous

    Porn doesn’t just distract, but pacifies people and gives them an illusion of power and access, so in a society where just about everybody is being screwed, they think they’re screwing. Here, I’m also using porn, or “PornHub,” in the largest sense, a theme I elaborated in “Pornographic Democracy.” Ignoring implications and context, dimwits like Bragadocious and Nancy Pelosi's Latina Maid will keep on carping, however.

  139. Dumbo says:

    I’ve just read that B. Traven apparently was now identified as German anarchist Ret Marut aka Otto Feig aka Traven Torsvan aka Hal Croves, at least according to the (official?) site below:

    http://btraven.com/english/about.html

    Anyway, talking about B. Traven and tying it with my other comment about the working-class, I see this passage in the very beginning of “Treasure of Sierra Madre”:

    “Even if Dobbs had had three pesos to buy the outfit, boot-blacking was out, for he could not be a bootblack here among the natives. No white man has ever tried to run around here shouting: “Shine, mister?” He would rather die. A white may sit on a bench on the plaza in rags, three-fourth starved; he may beg and humiliate himself before another white; he may even commit burglary or other crimes; for that the other whites will not loathe him; he will still be considered one of them. But should he happen to shine shoes in the street, or carry around ice lemonade in buckets for sale by the glass, then he would sink below the lowest native and would die from starvation.”

    Indeed it seems to be a characteristic of whites to despise other whites who perform certain types of “low” labor, and that’s why they rushed to bring black slaves to America and now are importing Mexican brown peasants with the same purpose.

  140. @Pontius

    ‘…People often extol the trades as a way to make decent money without going too much into debt, but there is always a lingering resentment of those who actually do so, like their combination of skill and hard work somehow doesn’t quite measure up to the value of a degree in sociology or queer theory.’

    One’s envy of any job lasts roughly until one has to do it. Fixing up my 1912 house, I’ve learned that much about painting and electrical work — this sucks too!

    I learned that long ago about working on cars and trucks — f___ me. No way.

    In the case of all those manufacturing jobs — yeah, you’d have to pay me at least that much to do something that repetitive. I’ll take being a professor at 75% of the pay, thanks.

    …none of this is intended to imply I actually am a professor, by the way.

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  141. “Elsewhere, London admits to much hustling and lying, and even claims these practices made him a writer …”

    Yes, upon reading The People of the Abyss it was obvious to me that he was exaggerating certain things to make a point. For example, the bit about eating slimy chunks of orange peel, black and dirty apple cores, and plum pits scraped up from spittle covered streets is probably made up. For one thing, apple seeds and plum pits contain a cyanide compound, and so are poisonous, in addition to being difficult to eat. The greengage plum pits he claims his companions, two old men, cracked with their teeth, which also seems unlikely, given their stony hardness and the poor state of an old man’s teeth. I don’t think it’s his best work. It’s a propaganda tract more aimed at making the case for socialism than it is at a realistic depiction of poverty in the East End.

    It’s a remarkably preachy book from a self-described atheist and Darwinist. Jack London is the prototype of what some have called a neo-Christian, a creature that has come to be typical of our intellectual elites and chattering classes in a culture shaped by Christianity. In other words, he’s someone who has the good sense to reject Christianity itself, but at the same time is so lacking in self-awareness as to not recognize how profound its influence on him has been, and is so unable to properly understand what is before his eyes, that he nevertheless persists in retaining a Christian ethics and worldview. At times, he’s frank about this. For example, on pp. 212-3, he sermonizes:

    The application of the Golden Rule determines that East London is an unfit place in which to live. Where you would not have your own babe live, and develop, and gather to itself knowledge of life and the things of life, is not a fit place for the babes of other men to live, and develop, and gather to themselves knowledge of life and the things of life. It is a simple thing, this Golden Rule, and all that is required. Political economy and the survival of the fittest can go hang if they say otherwise. What is not good enough for you is not good enough for, other men, and there’s no more to be said.

    So it’s apparent he wears his Darwinism lightly, a garment to be discarded whenever it becomes a hindrance to his neo-Christian sensibilities. As a man and as a writer, he’s more an evangelist than a philosopher and simply hasn’t thought it through. If he had, he’d have been able to see through the lies of religion, and perhaps been able to discern the evolutionary purpose of such myths as the Golden Rule, and even his own role in proselytizing for it. But since London is, as LD pointed out, a liar and a hustler at bottom, perhaps this was something he really knew, or at least sensed, but couldn’t say. He knew or may have suspected he was a fraud, preaching to other frauds who saw the world in the same neo-Christian way. But he was hustling his living, telling the suckers what they wanted to hear. How else to get them to buy his books?

    In the final chapter of the book he evaluates Civilization, and concludes it’s only an improvement over the condition of primitive man if better management of it is introduced, the better to distribute its rewards. But this, too, is a misunderstanding. There is no way to detoxify Civilization. The solutions that are proposed only cause other, unforeseen problems of their own, as the history of the twentieth century has shown.

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  142. @restless94110

    Yes that’s what the investigators finally settled on as Dumbo states in his comment. However, it seems that he was born in Chicago and moved to Germany as a young man.

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  143. Dumbo says:
    @Dr. Robert Morgan

    So, full-on Social Darwinism would be a better view? I really doubt it.

    By the way, Darwin’s theory of natural selection “of the fittest” by random mutation is being discredited as we speak, so perhaps one day it will become as useless as Freud’s theories, and almost equally responsible for a lot of bad things that happened in the following decades inspired by them.

    By the way, there is no such thing as “evolutionary purpose”, as, according to the theory, evolution is random (caused by “mutations”) and might benefit one or other species for no reason other than random circumstances.

    It’s true however that once Christianity is stripped of any transcendental meaning it becomes very similar to modern leftism, even though still with a few differences (i.e. sexual morality, for example). But I personally don’t like this Darwinian approach to try to explain religion, society and other things, such as a lot of “evo-psych” nonsense, nor is it a basis for any kind of morality. Perhaps it’s better to accept that certain things are simply not meant to be explained or understood in a rational or “scientific” way. Part of the problem of the modern world is this type of approach.

  144. Dumbo: “By the way, Darwin’s theory of natural selection “of the fittest” by random mutation is being discredited as we speak, …”

    Do tell. By whom? And how so?

    Dumbo: “… so perhaps one day it will become as useless as Freud’s theories, and almost equally responsible for a lot of bad things that happened in the following decades inspired by them. ”

    Freud basically invented and popularized the idea of “the unconscious”; i.e., that human existence is governed by an awareness and drives of which we are not consciously aware. Modern psychology hasn’t exactly rejected this idea, and in fact, in many ways has only confirmed it. Your senses organize reality in ways which are not under conscious control. Likewise with action. When you walk across the room, you don’t consciously have to think about each step and how to make it. Likewise with thought. Your perceptions fall neatly into familiar categories you mostly don’t think about. Even your desires themselves well up on their own from an unconscious you. You don’t think first about desiring to desire; you don’t first evaluate whether right now might or might not be a good time to become hungry. You simply are hungry, or not, as the case may be.

    Dumbo: “By the way, there is no such thing as “evolutionary purpose”…”

    This isn’t purpose in the sense of intelligent design; I don’t mean a teleological purpose. Rather, what I’m referring to is the function it serves in the ecology of human society. Specifically, I’m saying that if London had questioned such neo-Christian pieties as the Golden Rule, or the so-called Brotherhood of Man, instead of swallowing them whole, and then tried to reconcile them with the evidence of his own eyes, let alone Darwin, he would have rejected them as the unrealistic prattle that they are. There is no brotherhood of man, and the Golden Rule will never be adopted. Life is struggle, a war of all against all. The Golden Rule and talk of like matters is conceptual opium, and holding out the specious hope that there will one day come a time when such things will magically become reality, or even to take seriously the notion that they could, serves a social purpose. They are lies, but perhaps necessary lies.

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    , @AaronB
    , @utu
  145. Anonymous[124] • Disclaimer says:
    @restless94110

    Traven (b. 1882) was born six years later than London (b. 1876). They were certainly contemporaries in their formative years. And Traven’s most notable works were published in the mid 1920’s not THAT long after London died young in 1916. I would expect both of them to have ingested a good dose of the para-WWI Zeitgeist. Both had wandered the world, experiencing its cruelty, depravity, and excesses during that era. I think their literature drew from the same well.

  146. @Commentator Mike

    Yes, I had heard long ago about the aliases Hal Croves, Ret Marut. Traven Torsvan, not so much the 4th alias.

    In the end, what matters was his writing,and the success of his writing.

  147. Anonymous[124] • Disclaimer says:
    @eah

    Oh, please! Not every jot and tittle of WWII history needs to be re-written to make your Fuehrer the world’s foremost altruist. Millions of people were killed, maimed and displaced to further the man’s warped ambitions, just as millions have suffered and died to accommodate Washington’s “interests.”

    The inmates in the camps did not wake with a rose and chocolates on their bed each morning. “Wakey wakey, Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren, and earn some of that “macht frei” with a widdo bit ‘o your much appreciated “Arbeit.”

    Do you think Dr. Mengele was performing legitimate biomedical research when his staff injected pathogens into living human lab animals just to see how infections or diseases would progress? That’s even worse than American doctors failing to treat naturally-infected syphilis patients in the Tuskegee Study. How about his human vivasections to teach gross anatomy to medical students? And his infamous “twin studies” were certainly not performed to create rollerblading teens playing the Styrian harmonika whilst singing “Bayernmädels.”

    Yes, it is totally fair to hold up the atrocities committed by the Third Reich as a standard of evil, though not the only such standard in a world as large, cruel and depraved as this one.

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    , @eah
  148. @Dr. Robert Morgan

    Dr.

    Life is struggle, a war of all against all.

    If this were true then society couldn’t exist at all. Even for the most primitive of tribes this isn’t true. They still need to organise to fight war against other tribes and they wouldn’t be able to do it if they fought each other within their own tribe. There are always certain disruptive individuals who think and act as if it is so but they are usually given short shrift, ostracised, or worse. Bad meme that.

  149. @Johnny Walker Read

    In the first 20 minutes: Russell Means is deluded to think that Europeans have a better plan than Americans. Both are ‘on the reservation’, Germans especially.

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  150. Walter says:

    Some may wish to read a film review of a re-make film of Martin Eden. If so, see>

    “Martin Eden, directed by Italian filmmaker Pietro Marcello, is a valuable adaptation of Jack London’s well-known 1909 novel, transposed to mid-20th century Italy.” This review at WSWS
    https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/28/tff5-s28.html

    @ Mike.

    Thacher said there is no society, there is only the individual. I applaud her sensitive appraisal of end stage fascism. Indeed, with ESF while the form may remain, the machine runs backwards, as we see. It’s a process of ketosis, the society is devoured, then dies.

    Of course, this is a stage. After ESF, since things cannot continue, they change until they can. Sometimes this is seen as revolution.

  151. Walter says:
    @Colin Wright

    In the unionized skilled trades, to which I fled from the academy’s sinecure, I was free to mock the suit to their faces. Once you get the Big Machine they want you to do something to – once you get that thing gut shot, then they fear you. And you can squeeze ’em. Makes for a nice mix of schadenfreude and Entfremdung… And there are smart lawyers on the union’s payroll…

    Suit> “‘Cuse me – How much longer is this gunna take…”

    Wright> “Huh, are you important? Who are you? Oh damn, you broke my concentration! Now I have to start over…go find Mr. Donacker, he’ll help you.” Then pat him on the shoulder with cement dust…

    (“Mr. Donacker” (or any similar term) is the potable toilet, a term he didn’t know, so now the suit walks ’round making a fool look foolish)

    Far better than the academy. Better people, better pay, and freedom from fear. A job comes and goes, but a Trade is your own.

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  152. @Anonymous

    Do you think Dr. Mengele was performing legitimate biomedical research when his staff injected pathogens into living human lab animals just to see how infections or diseases would progress?

    Yep, and where did many these psycho paths end up. Continuing their research while living the American dream. In the words of Wernher von Braun: I knew that no matter what atrocities were eventually discovered, no major world power would refuse the technological advances made by the Nazis — nor could they afford not to know how to combat them, vaccinate against them, outpace them.

    Dr. Mengele, along with the likes of Dr. Erich Traub ended up right here in the good ol’ USA. When it comes to governments there are very seldom any good guys.
    https://nypost.com/2014/02/01/behind-the-secret-plan-to-smuggle-nazi-scientists-to-america/

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  153. @Oikeamielinen

    I agree. Some of Mean’s views on Europe were questionable. It is his description of modern day America and how we citizens have let our freedoms slip away that I found absolutely true. His descriptions of an oligarchy was also spot on. I just feel he was an amazing man who lived life to the fullest and fought for everything he believed in. Not many left like him. Linh Dinh reminds me of him.

  154. Commentator Mike: “If this were true then society couldn’t exist at all.”

    Without individual benefit society can’t exist. Further, in their relations with each other, individuals always try to maximize their individual benefit at the expense of one another. Put simply, I do what I do because I perceive or believe it benefits me, and you do what you do because you perceive or believe it benefits you. This can include association with others, or acting in concert with them, i.e., “society”. The “war” I refer to is not always an open war, but usually is covert, consisting of lies, hypocrisy, and exploitation. E.g., in London’s story, “war” is ongoing between the upper and lower classes, both on an individual and group level. The latter is being ground down, exploited to the perceived benefit of the former. His book is actually just a recitation of the sorts of lies and hypocrisy that keeps the show running (e.g., “Work hard, save your money, and you’ll get ahead!”), and the irony is that the socialism he proposes as a solution is just another lie.

  155. eah says:
    @Anonymous

    You write like an hysterical woman — it’s pathetic.

    Do you think Dr. Mengele was performing legitimate biomedical research…

    The only specific thing you mention are the (alleged) activities of Mengele — here is a fact of which you are apparently unaware: there is no forensic or documentary evidence against Mengelenone — the allegations against Mengele are roughly equivalent to the claims of soap made from the fat of Jews, lampshades of human skin, shrunken human head collections, etc (with one difference of course: the claims against Mengele have not been abandoned) — also, except for the eyewitness lies testimony of Jews, there is no evidence whatsoever he performed the infamous “selections” — finally, he was never tried in absentia (unlike eg Martin Bormann, who was tried in absentia, and sentenced to death), despite what you seem to think is a mountain of evidence against him — why is that?

    What a simpleton.

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  156. AaronB says:
    @Dr. Robert Morgan

    You are, of course, correct.

    This world is characterized by strife and conflict and selfishness.

    People who wish to avoid it become monks and hermits.

    Most people adopt some kind of religion which provides them with a perspective “beyond” the apparent strife of this world – whether Buddhist non-duality and the world of strife as illusion, or Jewish and Christian God and heaven – that mitigates the element of strife in their everyday life.

    That people don’t simply enthusiastically embrace the strife and conflict as inevitable, necessary, and good – as simply the way things are – as Nietzsche wanted everyone to do, shows that there is a dimension “beyond”.

    Otherwise, we would be creatures perfectly evolved to accept, embrace, and love the strife – yet we don’t.

    That can’t be explained through Darwin – creatures evolved to hate the conditions under which they live!

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  157. AaronB: “That people don’t simply enthusiastically embrace the strife and conflict as inevitable, necessary, and good – as simply the way things are – as Nietzsche wanted everyone to do, shows that there is a dimension “beyond”. ”

    Instead, I’d say that all it shows is that such belief promotes survival. Whether the belief is true or delusional doesn’t make any difference; its persistence says nothing about its accuracy. So long as the belief promotes survival, it succeeds and perpetuates itself.

    AaronB: “That can’t be explained through Darwin – creatures evolved to hate the conditions under which they live!”

    The world we live in is a hell world, a war of all against all, where most creatures die by being ripped apart and devoured while still alive. Still, it has a certain dark beauty, and we are born with a desire to live in it. Some people can accept this. Others who can’t must smoke neo-Christian opium, and dream of a world without strife, where man exists in brotherhood, and the Golden Rule is practiced.

    • Replies: @durd
  158. For the present I am ensconced in a leafy suburb but it was not always that way. Born in 1928 I watched the passing scene as it transpired during the Depression years of the 1930s. Although young I was old enough to sense the quiet desperation in the eyes of many of my neighbors. The transformation that has so seriously wounded the country I live in is the gradual escalation of our politicians into the group of self-serving vultures we now see representing or leading us. The American public has been easily bought off–a promise of free money that started out with FDR and promulgated by the Democratic party which retained power in the House of Representatives for a majority of the years following his presidency. Social program after social program has been voted in resulting in the obscene national debt that now burdens us and will eventually destroy us.
    Jack London and George Orwell have always been two of my favorite authors. I feel sure I have read most, if not all their stories. How long will it be before London’s will be included in the List of Forbidden Writings when 1984 comes around again.

    • Replies: @eah
  159. eah says:
    @Simply Simon

    Social program after social program has been voted in resulting in the obscene national debt that now burdens us and will eventually destroy us.

    The debt is due to the fact the federal government cannot/does not print/create money (as it could) when it runs a deficit — instead it creates money by issuing debt — this goes back to the establishment of the Federal Reserve, when the US surrendered its sovereign right to create and control its own money supply.

    Both this phony “debt”, which is inter-generational and immoral, as well as the interest payments on it, are a big problem –> link — eg The federal government will spend more on interest than on Medicaid or children by 2020. By 2024, interest will match defense spending.

    • Replies: @eah
  160. renfro says:

    Excellent….excellent piece as usual.

    This breaks my heart its so true:

    ”As you watch, they cheerfully lie, silence witnesses, mass murder, squander your last cent and dismantle, brick by brick, the house your forefathers built and died defending. Even if all they saw was its basement, it was still their everything…..”

  161. durd says:
    @Dr. Robert Morgan

    One guy gets devoured in this tale yet the other guy’s strife or love of life lives.

    https://americanliterature.com/author/jack-london/short-story/love-of-life

  162. @Walter

    ‘…Far better than the academy. Better people, better pay, and freedom from fear. A job comes and goes, but a Trade is your own.’

    Them’s war the days.

    You speak of the era before the advent of ‘come one, come all.’ As the brown tide rises, a new era dawns in each location as it is inundated.

    Guatemalans et al are reasonably competent — if not actually trained — and willing to work for a hundred dollars a day.

    Once again, we have a working class that is numerous, suitably low-paid, and docile — also, conveniently differentiated by skin color. Happy times are back!

  163. @AaronB

    ‘You are, of course, correct.

    This world is characterized by strife and conflict and selfishness.

    People who wish to avoid it become monks and hermits.

    Most people adopt some kind of religion which provides them with a perspective “beyond” the apparent strife of this world – whether Buddhist non-duality and the world of strife as illusion, or Jewish and Christian God and heaven – that mitigates the element of strife in their everyday life…’

    Lol. Comic to note how you omit Islam. Go figure…

    • Replies: @AaronB
  164. @Dumbo

    U.S. is subject to nuclear destruction within a matter of hours:

  165. @Emslander

    He has the will and the position to do just as you recommend and he would do it if the ruling class weren’t trying to cut him off at the knees 24-7.

    He has neither. Trump is a fraud and a conman. His only interest is to enrich himself and his family. This has always been painfully obvious to anyone who remembers the 1980s/90s and who Trump really is.

  166. utu says:
    @MEFOBILLS

    Systemic view that does not include money creation and control is missing in the discourse we have but then otoh attributing everything to “the debt” explaining the world by it as you do after Michael Hudson is also limiting.

  167. Anonymous[124] • Disclaimer says:
    @eah

    And you write like a sociopath who creates his own version of history devoid of any basis in reality. Karl Rove would have loved you as his understudy whilst (to paraphrase him) creating his own realities which the rest of we mere humans can only study. There are mountains of films and written records the Nazis kept of their own misdeeds, and later massive investigations by the victorious Allies from both East and West, which you cannot make go away with your preposterous rhetoric. I was “treated” to viewing many of these original films and records back in the early 1950’s when they were still fresh, long before anyone had the need or motive to revise history, or the digital tools to facilitate such deceptions as one might attempt today using photoshop or CGI. Tampering with photographic emulsions was easily detectable then, as most of Stalin’s frauds were readily exposed.

    Back then there were far too many (multiple millions) actual survivors of the conflagration who witnessed, remembered and testified to it for revisionists to replace it wholesale with entirely false narratives. Twisting, spinning and propagandizing accounts surely happened. Some revenge and settling of scores? To be sure. Shades of grey made to appear black or white to ensure the Axis was always wrong and the Allies always right in the newspapers of the day? Of course. Precise accuracy in the estimated numbers? Perhaps not, but not as relevant as the nature of the indisputable atrocities that occurred. But there was no deliberate re-creation of the entire fabric of reality with a Hollywood substitution as other modern day confabulators have tried to impose upon the successful Apollo missions to the Moon. Sorry, loonie tunes, but that actually happened too, just like the Holocaust.

    I already acknowledged that the United States has committed numerous war crimes, none of which were justifiable because another country did the same. I’ll add that numerous other countries have done the same since time immemorial, but, sorry, Hitler and the Third Reich does not get a pass because of that either. Your Fuehrer was right up there with sundry Roman emperors, Medieval Christian raiders posing as holy “Crusaders,” Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot and ISIS amongst uncountable others. Granted, your Fuehrer gets spotlighted because he lost the war, but he was certainly guilty as charged and not the philosopher king you would have unborn generations believe.

    Besides, who’s limiting the discussion of Nazi war crimes to Mengele, just one of Hitler’s many minions? Moreover, why create such an extensive and elaborate charade surrounding one obscure pre-war physician just to persecute him, especially since he could not be caught and properly tried? There were bigger fish available, prosecutors didn’t need to write volumes of fiction. There is no logic to your narrative. I brought up Mengele’s crimes of the deliberate murder of human targets using pathogenic agents and other pseudo-biomedical practices because they were simply the closest established parallels to the American deployment of germ warfare against the North Koreans.

    But every honest, sane person knows the atrocities of Hitler’s various military and para-military units pledged personally to him and the party rather than the country and German people were widespread, manifest and trumpeted to terrorize and intimidate his target populations, which were not limited to just Jews. Anyone who chose not to cooperate with the occupation, whether Semite or Aryan, put his life at risk in that environment. Neither was abundant evidence of these atrocities recorded by merely the Nazis alone. Every population that interfaced with them during the war, including American journalists both military and civilian, compiled a mountain of evidence to rightfully convict them in courts and the history books. All these peoples were not just contriving lies and fabricating reams of data to serve the interests of a few influential Jews. That’s logistically not feasible. You are quite the fanatic to deny actual history founded on robust data and attempt to foist your own delusions on the world.

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  168. This was a great read. Thank you Linh.

  169. Considering Thomas Cook, the oldest travel agency in the world established in the 19th Century has just gone bust, a note on Jack London’s book The People of the Abyss. From what I can remember, it starts off with Jack London turning up at Thomas Cook’s London offices and requesting a tour of the East End. They offer him all sorts of exotic tours like safaris in Africa and whatever else but tell him they offer no tours of the East End and discouraging him from going to such a dangerous place. In fact everybody was thinking he was crazy and that he would be safer going to darkest Africa for a holiday. In fact he even goes to the US Embassy to let them know he was going to spend some time in the East End just in case something happens to him and he goes missing or his corpse is discovered somewhere there. Quite humorous anecdotes.

  170. utu says:
    @Dr. Robert Morgan

    How old are you? Teenager?

    Why are you so timid? Go further and reduce everything to chemistry and physics and inanimate matter? Why bother with LIFE? Darwin is for wimps. What is life if not just a bunch of molecules bound by forces of physics that come to act more or less randomly in chaos. You are a bunch of molecules. That you think that you you think, that you have an opinion, that you exist as a life form is just an illusion which does not serve any propose and it can’t produce anything material beyond what equation of physics permit you to think. If we only could be better at calculations we would predict what you will think tomorrow and in 10 years. There is no difference between you and a pile of dirt. The pile of dirt may have its own illusions but mercifully unlike you does not pester us with them.

    Or you can begin to grow up and begin to see that you succumbed to illusions about the world in which you think to exist and uncritically submitted to Darwin biology and physics of Newton, Maxwell and Einstein which are creations of human minds in an attempt of objectifying the human experience by creating the dichotomy between the subjective and the objective. But the dividing line is a human invention. In reality it does not exist. Once you learn it you will become more humble and will stop making silly utterance of rebellious teenager who just wants to be noticed by making shocking statements that deep down cover your fears. Fight your cowardliness and open up to seeing your own ignorance. Only this way you will become strong and not by making silly pronouncements that you are here to win the battle of survival and domination with everybody and everything.

  171. eah says:
    @Anonymous

    Man, what a fucking idiot — such an effeminate screed; nothing but emotional blah blah, a total non-sequitur — absolutely pathetic.

    Do everyone and society in general a favor: never, ever serve on a jury — because you apparently have no idea what evidence is, and likely even less of an idea what the standard “beyond a reasonable doubt” means, and how to apply it.

    Below is an image of the Auschwitz plaque as it appeared before (4)/and after (1.5) 1989 — but whatever you do, don’t question the 6m number — also ignore the fact that Rudolf Höss, commandant at Auschwitz until Nov 1943 (ie before the alleged extermination of 500k Hungarian Jews in 1944), signed an affidavit in 1945 swearing that he alone was responsible for killing 2.5m Jews — those are just anomalies — everything else claimed about that era by “eyewitnesses”, for which no other evidence exists, is 100% true — guaranteed.

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  172. @eah

    eah,

    I didn’t see anywhere in his comment that he accepted the 6 million figure as true.

    Do everyone and society in general a favor: never, ever serve on a jury

    Rudolf Höss, commandant at Auschwitz until Nov 1943 (ie before the alleged extermination of 500k Hungarian Jews in 1944), signed an affidavit in 1945 swearing that he alone was responsible for killing 2.5m Jews

    There you go, that’s enough to convict him in any court. You seem to think that any courts anywhere, even today, are any different than the ones Nazis were tried in. How many revisionists have also been convicted in present day courts where rules of evidence and “beyond a reasonable doubt” are strictly applied? Find me that court which has overturned the convictions of the Nazis and revisionists.

  173. utu: “… objectifying the human experience by creating the dichotomy between the subjective and the objective. But the dividing line is a human invention. In reality it does not exist. ”

    In reality? But you just now asserted that the “dividing line” between subjective and objective doesn’t exist, or in other words, that there is no objective reality. You’re just confused, and there’s nothing coherent enough in your ravings to respond to.

    I thank you for taking time away from your busy day there at the asylum to make such a fascinating display though. Very amusing.

  174. AaronB says:
    @Colin Wright

    Just an oversight. I’m happy to include Islam and am on record saying I think its a good religion.

    You, however, are either Muslim or related to Muslims 🙂 Nothing wrong with that, but your interest in Israel is now clear.

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  175. @Parfois1

    The “Uncle Schmuel” is never far away enough.
    There is a BIG U$ air base on the Azores.

  176. @AaronB

    ‘…You, however, are either Muslim or related to Muslims 🙂 Nothing wrong with that, but your interest in Israel is now clear.’

    If you like, for the sake of argument, you can decide I am Muslim. In fact, if you feel perverse, decide I’m Jewish.

    …actually, of course, my interest in Israel derives from the fact that I am American — that, and I am endlessly inspired to return to the fray by the relentless deluge of lies I am inundated in when it comes to that singularly nasty, pernicious, and unnecessary state.

    …but have it your way. I’m Jewish…whoops, Muslim.

    I could be your neighborhood plumber’s Newfoundland. You’d still have to address my arguments — which you seem incapable of doing.

  177. Cato says:
    @Hacienda

    Homeless always avoid the ghetto. Too much danger. The police drive them out of established upper and middle class neighborhoods. Which pretty much leaves the downtown core and gentrifying areas.

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  178. Hacienda says:
    @Cato

    This cop says that the homeless are being manipulated by South Central gangs.

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  179. @iffen

    And couldn’t you just stick to being a Hasbarat troll over at the LA Times and Wapo?

  180. Linh, I have to say that your writing is the most evocative to be found on this site. Thank you for another great piece.

  181. Cato says:
    @Hacienda

    Deon should run for office — he makes a lot of sense. He’s right about the Missions.

  182. eah says:
    @eah

  183. @fnn

    Well that stands to reason. Americans were not then and still are not open to looking closely at what is wrong with the USA. By the same token the USSR would have been interested in something which portrayed the failures of the capitalist system even as the capitalists favoured Solzhenitsyn. Solzhenitsyn was not exactly popular in the former Soviet Union. Of course some of Solzhenitsyn’s work is forbidden in the West today more than ever. Two Hundred Years Together. I wonder when a US author will be recognised for writing that book about the USA either? I think it is overdue.

  184. @Linh Dinh

    “Information Clearing House [with] its bourgeois commies” excellent description.

    Yes in the age of the internet our sins catch up fast and hound us through career and relationships. Too late for me that’s for sure.

  185. Anonymous[189] • Disclaimer says:
    @Cato

    He probably thought, “A Commie.” Krupskaya read Jack London stories to Lenin after his strokes.
    Orwell was a little more user-friendly, with the CIA promoting Animal Farm.

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  186. Anonymous[189] • Disclaimer says:
    @George F. Held

    Goldstein is almost certainly meant to be Trotsky to Big Brother’s Stalin. It is however not clear that Goldstein actually exists – he may be an imaginary figure used as a scapegoat.

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  187. @Anonymous

    Yes, Goldstein, as others have noted, may not be real, but if he is, he’s a jewish hero. Orwell’s novel makes jews the heroes of worldwide civilization. Does that bear any resemblance to reality? And if not, is that not a great defect in his work and the use that has been made of it: to portray jews as the morally superior heroes/victims of modern civilization?

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  188. Anonymous[189] • Disclaimer says:
    @George F. Held

    Negative comments on Jews exist in Orwell’s work but only before WW2, not during or after. Even before the war, in Down And Out In Paris And London he takes up with a White Russian refugee whose obsessive hatred of Jews he notes, and he seems to regard the Russian as a figure of fun.

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  189. Anon 2 says:

    Unfortunately, California needs a new Jack London to write The People of the Abyss
    about the homeless encampments in San Francisco and Los Angeles

  190. @Anonymous

    For more of my thoughts about Orwell’s dour vision of the future and that of Maurice Bardèche in “Nuremberg or the Promised Land,” see https://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2013/07/09/maurice-bardeches-vision-of-the-future-part-1/ Here is the final part of that essay:

    [MORE]

    The presence of these warnings and admonitions to the reader [about the future] gives the book an oracular tone. Bardèche has examined the transcript of the Nuremberg Trial and now, like an ancient prophet after examining the entrails of a sacrifice, he has bad news to deliver and knows that others will not want to hear him. Indeed, very few have been willing to hear him. The last quarter of the book is devoted entirely to an exposition of what the future will bring. That anyone in 1948 could have foreseen so accurately our modern world is to me astounding. Bardèche recognized that the judicial travesty at Nuremberg was not simply an act of vengeance by victors against the vanquished and that what was on trial there was not just the particular German defendants, nor the German nation, nor even National Socialism, but rather nationalism itself: the idea that a people own the land that they have long lived in and have the right to live in it as they wish and to exclude others from living in it if they so wish. It is nationalism in any form which was condemned at Nuremberg.
    With amazing prescience Bardèche foresaw in its condemnation the coming of an international system which is first and foremost economic, not political or governmental. Its purpose is to protect an international economic élite, not ordinary persons, or peoples or nations. It offers the latter lots of rights but no guarantees that these rights will be respected. Its laws are unclear (unlike those of a prince) and broadly unenforceable, but the system does not attempt to enforce them broadly but only selectively. For selected victims punishments are severe. Victims are selected not so much because they have broken laws but because they have offended the “universal conscience,” the conscience created and fostered in us all by the media (Bardèche’s “radio”). Bardèche clearly foresaw the system which we today call “globalism,” although he nowhere uses that term. He also foresaw at least implicitly many other aspects of our world: Third World immigration, the irrational glorification of democracy, loss of sovereignty, humanitarian wars and interference, hate crimes, affirmative action, racial miscegenation and replacement, etc.: “At the bottom of the sanctuary there sits a Negro god. You have all the rights, except to speak evil of the god.” “And, from one end of the world to the other, in perfectly similar cities . . . there will live under similar laws a bastard population, a race of indefinable and gloomy slaves, without genius, without instinct, without voice. . . But this will be the promised land.”
    In 1949, one year after the publication of Nuremberg or the Promised Land, another prophetic book was published, George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. In it Orwell describes a scary future in which there is a single party dictatorship, living conditions are drab, food is scarce, people’s thoughts are openly controlled by Big Brother, their words and actions are monitored through “telescreens” which they cannot turn off, they are given no choice over what they view on these screens, there is only one channel on the “telescreens” and one film (always a war film) in the theatres, in one such film refugees trying to escape are shot to the delight of the audience. Some of these refugees are Jewish, “the Enemy of the People” is a Jew, Emmanuel Goldstein, who is condemned for “advocating freedom of speech, freedom of the Press, freedom of assembly, freedom of thought,” people are openly taught to hate him and his followers during “Two Minutes Hate” and “Hate Week”; sex is discouraged through a “Junior Anti-Sex League,” the Inner Party is called the “Inner Party,” thoughtcrime is called “thoughtcrime,” Thought Police are called “Thought Police,” the media propagate obvious, self-contradictory lies such as: “War Is Peace,” “Freedom Is Slavery,” “Ignorance Is Strength,” people are told that democracy is “impossible” (although the Party is said to be its “guardian”), capitalism is viewed as a barbarity that has “vanished.”
    The world described in 1984 little resembles that of the Occident today. We live in multi-party democracies. Our mainstream media tell us not only that democracy is possible and a very good thing, but that its triumph everywhere is virtually inevitable—an inevitability which we should make every effort to encourage. Living conditions are generally good, food is abundant. Capitalism is alive and well and is promoted as an economic panacea. Our politicians advocate the same things as does Emmanuel Goldstein. Our media propagate obvious lies such as: “Diversity is our strength,” but they at least avoid flagrant self-contradictions (some kinds of diversity may indeed be a source of strength, although certainly not the radical ethnic diversity that our media promote). Refugees do not flee our societies, but rather risk their lives trying to get into them. We are not taught to hate, but to tolerate. Sex is not generally discouraged, even among the young. With our multi-channel televisions and the internet we are free to see, hear, read, and discuss almost anything, if not everywhere. Freedom reigns.
    Yet to some that freedom seems, if not illusory, useless. It is useless because people’s thoughts and actions are monitored and controlled not by anything outside themselves but by their own warped consciences—consciences deliberately warped by our mainstream media, consciences closely resembling Bardèche’s “universal conscience.”
    Orwell’s and Bardèche’s books have had quite different careers in the Occident. Orwell’s, although formerly banned in the Soviet Union, has been widely read and praised; Bardèche’s is still banned in France and is generally unknown elsewhere. 1984 has served to warn us against the dangers of Communism, and for that deserves acclaim. But one cannot help but wonder if its general acclaim today is not also an index to its irrelevance. We have escaped the dreadful future envisioned by Orwell in 1984. We have not escaped the dreadful future envisioned by Bardèche in 1948. Bardèche says that his “only ambition, in writing this book, was to be able to read it again without shame in fifteen years.” My ambition, in translating it, was much more grandiose: I hope to hear it read some day without shame on TV by a politician. Bardèche wrote this book for the sake of the German “reprobates,” whom “the radios of all the people of the world, and the presses of all the people of the world, and millions of voices from all the horizons of the world” characterize as “monsters.” I have translated it also for the sake of “reprobates,” those nationalists throughout the Occident whom all our radios and presses and millions of voices likewise characterize as little better than “monsters.”

  191. @Bardon Kaldian

    Martin Eden is a fantastic book. It has passages that are haunting and unforgettable. The section where London describes days of work in the laundry are a good example.

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  192. @Linh Dinh

    Hi Linh, This crazy ol’ world keeps turning around and it’s a wonder tall trees a’rent lying down.
    Take a gander at the video link below and give your views.

    Theres an estimated 15 points increase in IQ in every coming generation due to eugenics will have a catastrophic effect on western world but not on China or Japan as
    the Eastern countries are cool with it.
    Jason Reza thinks so. Your views will be appreciated.
    The West, due to the Nazi experiments during the second war and Christianity is going to oppose this whole exercise, or so he says. Your thoughts and better still, a whole new article.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeFD4rnWOVk&feature=youtu.be

  193. Cato says:
    @Anonymous

    He probably thought, “A Commie.”

    Probably. But the funny thing is that Jack London for me always represented wholesome American values — the values of people who value freedom and abhor hierarchy. So I was showing the face I thought he would want to see.

    If I had shown a more authentic face, I would have talked about drugs.

  194. Cato says:
    @James Braxton

    London describes days of work in the laundry

    I remember that well, though I read Martin Eden in the 1970s. For years, and even now, it’s one of the pieces of information I use to convince myself that my current life is sweet beyond belief.

  195. Jett Rucker says: • Website

    Another distinguished, still living and writing member of the dumpster-diving literati is Heather MacDonald, MA (Cambridge), JD (Stanford).

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