By Batiushka for the Saker blog
Introduction: The Pathology
Just like Zionist Jews (and, as we have often said before, far from all Jews are Zionists), the Western elite suffers from a pathological superiority complex, which maintains that it has the right to play at God. Thus, the Western elite belittles Christ-God, proclaiming itself to be the Vicar of God, that is, the Substitute for God, on earth. As such, it resembles Judaism and even Islam, which also proclaim that they are unique Civilisations. However, they have not developed the practical technology of violence. Of Israelite origin, this complex has a theological name and a millennial history of self-justification, the details of which I will not bother readers with here. This ‘Holy and Roman’ Imperial complex was from the outset an ideology which says that the Western elite are the Chosen People and all their crimes are therefore justified. ‘Gott mit uns’ (‘God with us’), as the German Army used to proclaim or, more recently, as George Bush stated: ‘I am driven with a mission from God. God would tell me, ‘George, go and fight these terrorists in Afghanistan. And I did. And then God would tell me George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq. And I did’. (1)
Cowboys and Indians
The Scottish-American historian, Niall Campbell Ferguson (yes, he would have to be a ‘cursed’ Campbell – ask a Scotsman what that means) is one of their most eloquent contemporary spokesmen, for whom the West is Best and the Rest is Messed (2). This pathology, because that is what it is, has become hereditary narcissism among a large portion, though not all, of Western people. These narcissists call the Non-West ‘backward’, ‘underdeveloped’, ‘evil’ and ‘primitive’. This is because they have not yet ‘advanced’ to the depths of Western barbarism. The problem is that such Westerners view the world through the lens of cowboy films, quite appropriately called ‘Westerns’. In these there are white hats and black hats, good and bad, in other words, the West and the Rest. And the Rest are ‘Red Indians’, ‘natives’, ‘savages’ and must be scalped (the practice spread by Western settlers) and ‘cleared’ like wild animals or else sent to ‘reservations’ in deserts or on some other worthless land, so that ‘progress’ can take place and the natural resources of their stolen lands can be ‘developed’ for ‘civilised’ people to profit by.
However, the reality is that it is the Cowboys, not the Indians, who have caused all the planet’s major problems, from industrial exploitation to ecological catastrophe, from nuclear weapons to ‘World Wars’, or rather perhaps, to the World War. Let us recall that the cannibalism of the First World War was caused by the 1914 assassination by an atheist, employed by a masonic organisation, of a righteous couple who wanted to correct some terrible injustices. And it was that promised correction that brought them death (3). In turn, the Second World War was caused by the unjust outcome of that assassination, the outcome that had taken place in the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles in 1919. (What more appropriate place for narcissists than to look at one another in a Hall of Mirrors?) As for the Third World War, it began in Kiev in 2014, on the centenary of the First World War. Perhaps then we should more correctly call this Third World War, World War I, Part III. All this cannibalism is taking place because we have yet to undo the injustices that both caused and then ensued from World War I, Parts I and II.
The gaslighting elite claims that their Western Values (Anti-Values?) are the only ones that are ‘Universal’ and they preach ‘Human Rights’, ‘Freedom and Democracy’. Once weaponised, as they are, these self-proclaimed ‘Values’ mean that the Western world has every right to humiliate, destroy and deny (‘cancel’, as they say nowadays) and conquer, exploit and colonise all others, all Non-Western Civilisations. The latter range from Orthodox Christian to Jewish, from Muslim to Hindu, from Aztec to Zimbabwean, from Amazonian to Cahokian, from Buddhist to Confucian Civilisation. Any resistance to Western ‘Values’ must be crushed by organised violence, whether by arms, ‘sanctions’, or propaganda, whether in the eleventh century or in the twenty-first century, as is happening at this very moment in the Ukraine. Russia, having naively swallowed the Western delusion for over 300 years, both in its equally delusional Capitalist and Communist forms – it is exactly the same destructive materialism – has finally stood up to the delusional Western lie. This is a millennial turning-point in world history unfolding before us.
The Road From Serfdom
Today, the whole free (= Non-Western) world is looking on and anxiously watching, basically supportive of Russia, but not too visibly – just in case this millennial transformation goes wrong. Fundamentally, the free world knows that if Russia loses, then the cause of freedom and sovereignty in the world is finished, independent China India are finished. Then the Klaus Schwab-style nightmare of the World Dictatorship of Serfs, ceases to be fantasy and is put into practice. There will be no further point in human life and so the world will end in the Apocalypse. Alternatively, others proclaim another, equally catastrophic scenario. This is that the West will not back down in its war in the Ukraine and therefore will make the future nuclear through a false flag nuclear incident in the Ukraine, which it will pin on Russia, like Flight MH17. But the cold and hungry of the West do not want nuclear war and even if some of the elite are so crazy as to want it, not all. Crazy elitists could be replaced. As for the journalists who have continually lied to date, they would simply say that they had previously only reported what they had been told to report.
In other words, a nuclear war is not an inevitable scenario. In any case, how can Russia lose? We all believe that Russia will win, because treasonous regime change in Russia is not going to happen as it did in February 1917, and that was the only reason why, fully armed and ready for victory, Russia lost then (4). Even the arms merchants behind NATO are fearful of any official involvement or of the war spreading and Russia itself is careful to avoid any spread of war to a NATO country. They only want to fill their pockets, not the Apocalypse. It is precisely the loss of the war by the West that could provide the solution to the Western problem. The solution to reverse the situation in the West has to be radical because, as we have said, the Western delusion is millennial, the delusion lies at its very roots (5). Warnings have been given for centuries but nobody has ever listened. It is rather like a child who you tell not to play with matches, but who still insists on playing with matches to see what will happen if he lights a match and then sets fire to the whole house. And that is what has happened. The whole Western house is now on fire in an act of suicide.
The solution is regime change in the EU and the US/UK, that is, the changing of the elites. Now, all the Western countries of the world are run by elites with their many hangers-on. The elites provide bipartisan dictatorships. The ironic fact that it actually dares call these dictatorships, by the rich on behalf of the rich, ‘liberal democracies’ is irrelevant. I doubt if any regime change will come through some sort of armed uprising and I would not encourage that either. Rather governments – together with their fantastical, anti-Russian rhetoric – will collapse through the weight of their own lies, injustices and corruption, of protests, strikes and bankruptcies, of cold, poverty and hunger among people who have never been so cold, poor and hungry before. In other words, Western regimes will collapse under pressure from the grassroots, because they are so rotten on the inside. Which will collapse first, the EU or the US/UK, Eurosodom or Gomerica? We suspect the Eurozionists of the EU because those countries are bearing the brunt of their own elites’ suicide bid on the orders of the US/UK elite, and there are already splits among them.
Conclusion: When Death Has Perished, Hell is Overthrown
It is only the collapse of European countries in their narcissistic form that could allow Europeans to become real Europeans once more. Cold, poverty and hunger could destroy the illusions of the richer half (the poorer half has never really had them) that Europe is made up of superior beings with a right to global domination and that humanity is not in reality all in the same boat (6). Only then could Europeans understand that Europe’s only meaning is as a small part of the Afro-Eurasian landmass and that it has no Divine right to plunder everything outside, or even inside, their tip of the North-Western peninsula of that landmass. We are talking about Europe returning to its geographical and historical roots, and that is literally radical. The richer half of the Western world, the part that flew Ukrainian flags, not the poorer half, has been so sucked into its own self-delusion that it can only change once it has faced death. Only a visit to the doors of death can soften their proud hearts. Death, the enemy of life, looms. But so does Life after Death for those who do not want hell, where the devil keeps the laws. That is the Road from Serfdom.
17 December 2022
2. For example: https://www.reddit.com/r/NoStupidQuestions/comments/8c7xri/did_george_w_bush_really_say_god_told_me_to/
3. The to-be-assassinated Germanic Franz-Ferdinand, married to a Slav in a marriage of love, consulted carefully about the future of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and offered its oppressed peoples a measure of justice. For this the opposition slandered him as ‘insane’. See:
4. As even Churchill said on 5 November 1919: ‘The Bolsheviks robbed Russia at one stroke of two most precious things, peace and victory—the victory that was within her grasp and the peace which was her dearest desire’.
5. As St John the Baptist said: ‘And now also the axe is laid to the root of the trees: therefore every tree which does not produce good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire’ (Matthew 3:10).
6. The Indian Presidency of the G20 and its summit in New Delhi on September 9-10 2023, has as its slogan: ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’. This is what Russia is about, but not the West, which wants unceasing destruction, disunity and a future of unceasing war and division.
i enjoy your posts, but your take on scots and irish is a wee bit befuddled. these two “nations” have a very troubled rapport with their bigger neighbour, indeed, even each other apparently. we knew their genocide a long time ago.
i’m surprised at Eire these past 3 years…
Scotland? the snp is no longer any party of freedom, more be like Arderns NZ, order bots wielding dildos, cultural disintegration at play…
I was patriot/republican all my life. Frankly it doesn’t matter anymore in these lost lands.
modern ireland or scotland are even more wrapt in their own demise, thanks to their govts and leaders – both had entirely non-binary, lol, leaders, of most parties in the past few years. this is no Gaelic Heartland anymore. more woke than Engerlund, more jabbed too. feminized culture, 50+% public sector workforce.
then, see what “The Dark” had to say about Belfast in the 70/80s; compare that to our histories and the greed laden, vicious back stabbing and ruination of “other” outcomes that have prevailed… amongst ourselves…
westminister was always 100 steps ahead, or was it just bribes..?
Anyway, the Campbells are of the old stock, and they conducted themselves just as their peers, except they hedged their bets with the crown, later govt, rather than the older “lordships”. Plenty campbells were murdered in church etc etc etc by Macdonalds, long before Glencoe or the black watch, just saying.
keep posting, I enjoy the wider scope you offer, but mostly north/western albion pulses as a serf, for 300 years now, have no delusions.
Is Europe falling apart ? I would think so at this part in time. I have learned not to trust the surface news, but here’s an interesting article:
On December 20, the head of the Russian state-controlled pipeline transport company Transneft claimed that Germany and Poland had submitted applications for pumping Russian oil through the Druzhba pipeline in 2023.
According to the Russian official, Warsaw expects to receive 360 thousand tons of oil in December 2022, and will pump 3 million tons more. In its turn, Germany has has also supplied an application for the first quarter of next year, but the volume of the supplies was not revealed.
“They announced that they would not take oil from Russia from Jan. 1. And now we have received requests from Polish consumers: give us 3 million tonnes next year, and 360,000 tonnes for December, and Germany has already submitted a request for the first quarter,” Transneft head said on Tuesday.
Despite The European Hysteria, Warsaw And Berlin Asked Moscow For More Oil
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In November, the Polish authorities declared that they intended to stop importing Russian oil by the end of 2022.
Poland called on its European partners to impose sanctions against the northern line of the Druzhba oil pipeline in an attempt to obtain legal grounds for terminating existing contracts with Russia without penalties. The largest Polish oil refiner Orlen signed a contract with Transneft for 200 thousand tons of oil per month which expires in December 2024.
Poland was seeking German support for EU sanctions on the Polish-German section of the Druzhba pipeline so that Warsaw could abandon a deal to buy Russian oil next year without paying penalties. On December 1, Germany and Poland signed a joint declaration on mutual support in the field of oil supply security.
In the summer, Germany also announced that they would stop its purchases from December 31.
However, the claims of Polish and German officials had nothing to do with the reality. Russian sources had already reported in November that the largest Polish oil refiner Orlen had agreed with Transneft to supply 3 million tons of oil next year via Druzhba. Vice-president of the Russian company then confirmed that they had received the applications from the Polish side.
On December 5, EU sanctions came into force, which banned the supply of Russian oil to the EU by sea. The embargo does not apply to crude oil, which is supplied via Druzhba pipeline.
Americans don’t read the text.
You do not have to be religious to see evil.
Centuries of rewritten bibles are corrupted in text my friend. Literally worshipping evil. The words have been flipped. Yes.
Using any spreadsheet app, compare sentences next to each other
for every popular bible today. Reversed words to hate love, love hate.
What happened during King James days may be relavant as it’s erased from history.
U.s. Fed gov doesn’t allow nonprofit church tax exemption if not distributing nwo-zio bible new versions. Their book prophesies (projects) a zionist state called israel rising from the ashes of American dissolution. Truly freedom of religion is underground today.
They will own nothing, and be unhappy.
Yes this is true. Anyone can study the vast difference in doctrines by the Christian church of the first 1850 years in comparison to the last 170 years. The Kingdom of God has been replaced by the Zionist kingdom of man.
Yes, it’s all gloom and doom. On one side we have a small bunch of hubristic zealots, on t’other a very large ensemble of idiots. Anyone in the West ignorant of the fact that their governments are corrupted criminals who pursue their own interests is a fool.
Still, stiff upper lip. Even though I’m a rocker at heart, one doesn’t mind admitting that the band ABBA have done more singlehandedly (well they had 8 hand among them) did more to unite Europe than the European Union . . . and one of those 2 entities showed a profit.
Who can forget the delightful lyrics of Super Trouper?
‘ Super Trouper beams (drones) are gonna blind me
But I don’t feel blue
Like I always do
Cause somewhere in the crowd there’s you
I was sick and tired of everything
When you called me last night from Bakhmut . . . .
Are the Scandinavians still the happiest shiniest people on the planet? Personally I doubt it, it’s a misnomer, they’re just the most corn fed.
“Anyone in the West ignorant of the fact that their governments are corrupted criminals who pursue their own interests is a fool”.
It’s even worse than that. We have a century old European Fascist network controlling the entire West of today, using us all as tax slaves or cannon fodder.
WTFUD wrote: “ABBA has done more to unite Europe than the European Union.”
Yes but the untold story is that Sweden allowed the NAZIs to travel through Sweden to attack Norway.
And Anni-Fried from ABBA is a child of a German Officer having a liaison with a young Norwegian girl (Anni-Fried´s mother) during the NAZI occupation of Norway.
After the war NAZI collaborators were hunted down, killed or shamed publicly in Norway and Denmark, and so was Anni-Fried`s mother shamed, to the point that Anni-Fried were sent to relatives in Sweden.
After her divorce From Benny Anderson Anni-Fried married a German Count Heinrich Reuss Von Plauen.
Jon Lord from Deep Purple wrote a song to Anni-Fried called: The sun will shine again.
The breakthrough for ABBA was at the Elitist EU-ropean melody Contest with the song “Waterloo”.
The battle of Waterloo (1815) resulted in the takeover of the Bank of England by the Rothschild Dynasty.
During the Napoleonic wars (in 1813) Denmark also lost its financial sovereignty to the Rothschild dynasty.
The meaning of the lyrics: “finally meeting my waterloo” thus becomes a glorification of the victory of the Freemasonic Europa, led by European Royalty and the Rothschild elite, over the financial sovereignty of Denmark and England.
The Americans lost the financial sovereignty over their currency in 1913 to the elite financial Dynasties.
Today the Rothschild Dynasty also owns the ECB. Do you see the pattern?
“Are the Scandinavians still the happiest people on the planet?
Or are they’re just the most corn fed”.
Scandinavians are only portrayed as the happiest people on the planet, in Propaganda.
About being Corn fed: My father was +6´ tall and fit, and so am I. How about you?
Those little Vietnamese sure brought down the huge GIs. Size has nothing to do with endurance. Hunky mexicans tire out in an hour an those poor Houndrans 40% smaller in size looking emaciated & thin keep going for 8 hours. Ask any contractor in Texas.
WTFUD wrote that Scandinavians are “Corn Fed”.
Being “Corn Fed” is an North American derogatory expression, suggesting that the person is of Southern White Farmer origin, and that the person is Lazy, Fat, Sweaty and not too intelligent.
That is not the trait of the Scandinavian population, to whom I belong. And that is the reason for my comment.
Corn fed Ohio girls was a compliment in my youth, they were something. Back when the corn did not glyphosate us.
So is it possible the bio plan was always about getting rid of the fools? You force poisons on a community and who survives? The non-compliant sort.
It’s certainly about survival of the fittest now. Make money from the fools suiciding themselves and hope you can tame a world left with far fewer sheep and much angrier, aware, wolves.
“However, the reality is that it is the Cowboys, not the Indians, who have caused all the planet’s major problems, from industrial exploitation to ecological catastrophe, from nuclear weapons to ‘World Wars’, or rather perhaps, to the World War.”
The world tires of the gulf between Western Psyop promise and reality. It would be fun to see a list of the companies who have profited from all the phases of this world war. Oh perhaps the names would be different, but no doubt the lineage would be shared. Not a war hero amongst them!
This idea that accumulating great wealth bequeaths a sort of right to even more has ruined us. Perhaps the biggest problem is bribing so many to win “loyalty”. This enormous cost, i.e. Clinton foundation donations, is certainly not sustainable.
I humbly recommend this little book, Discourse on Voluntary Servitude. Etienne de La Boetie. Published in French in 1576.
“As such, it resembles Judaism and even Islam, which also proclaim that they are unique Civilisations.”
The argument doesn’t add up well from the beginning.
Let me unpack the notion your “introduction/pathology” gives out, that there is a major “anti-Christian” force at play.
Within details of Essay you do mention it’s an all-conquering lust of global elite, but to relate it to any one or more anti-Christ forces doesn’t do justice.
After all George “misunderestimated” Bush and his party are bible-bashers in their own right (Bush didn’t know the word doesn’t exist in English). Then you have the Vatican and its adherents, pretty much not anti-Christ, in as much as they do have the primacy of Christ as their sole reason of existence. They seem to be quiet/siding with/fearful of elites despite being a different league. Even grass root Catholics and Vatican guards from Switzerland cannot influence Swiss hosting the WEF or banksters!
Islam doesn’t consider itself a different civilisation. Surprisingly, there is a big piece of puzzle missing in your statement. Details for another time maybe.
While the nature of the Western empire may be lost on people in the west, east/global south does not forget that it is the barrel of the gun that has been gazing at them for two centuries. Whose shoulder it rests on, and who pulls the trigger…..there has been a lot said about that.
From what we know in ancient history is that when an empire started to mint its own currency, that started the biggest wars from old empires. Because it was considered bigger act of war than the wars of battlefield.
I would also add that in these years various feelings and narratives have passed, until we have reached a point where American moral decay caused by Wall Street immorality is universally hated by all others. It does not mean that arriving at this juncture makes every other wrong a right.
It has to be understood communities around us see things being done for them and against them, and balancing them out to find some justice and co-existence. American/NATO wars created a space for several regimes to paint their own enemies “terrorists” of some kind. As long as the label could be stuck on a community they were a fair game the very next day. These histories will not leave the memory so easy no matter how much Davos gang is hated.
I believe you’re spot on regarding disillusionment among the general public for the Wall Street speculation game in the era of fiat currencies. The main hindrance to the collective rejection of this deeply flawed system is how the American working class is overwhelmingly locked in with their 401k’s and other speculative retirement plans. These returns will more than likely diminish over the coming decades with inflation, tech/crypto bubbles popping (like the pimples they are) and American governments making poor investments in overvalued semiconductors, unnecessary carbon sequestration, foreign rare-earth based metals (which rape and pillage extraction sites), etc. America’s forests are unfortunately being mostly mismanaged and the agricultural industry has mostly sold out to GMO corn/soy beans. Ethanol is added to perfectly functional gasoline, which in turn destroys the greatest and most liberating invention mankind has ever developed: the internal combustion engine.
I do believe you are missing the point with the author’s comments regarding Judaism and Islam. These are religions where their doctrine specifically states they are different from the rest of humanity. Perhaps not all who practice said religions view themselves in this light, but these religions are fundamentally exclusive, according to their doctrine. One could also claim Christianity is also exclusive, as Christ said “I am the way; the truth; the life…” I can see how these words could give an ardent follower a sense of superiority in their mission to spread The Word. Perhaps we are all different, and these desires to force “diversity” or to seek “unity” have always been doomed to fail. These are the trials and tribulations of weak men (and women) who were born in soft times, as the quest for daily survival of one’s family/community is no longer at the center of one’s existence for an overwhelmingly large portion of the world population. Even those outside “the Golden Billion” have a much easier life compared to many of our ancestors in antiquity. Most of the wars today are orchestrated from centralized powers who are committed to power grabs. They have ceased to be tribal battles for hunting/arable land and fresh water sources. Even in Africa and South/Central America these wars are mostly political in nature. Everyone wants to go straight to the top; no one knows what to do once they get there. Ho Chi Minh once said something similar regarding fighting a revolution and governance in the aftermath…
What you are saying seems to be the direction the winds are blowing…
Watched a show called Yellowstone here in the US the other day, what a complete load of bullshit. Yet that is apparently how the “cowboys” see themselves. Most popular show in the US. All built on top of genociding a peaceful civilization. This peaceful civilization was then replaced with the most destructive/evil/resource exploiting rulers the world hopefully never sees again. As long as you wave an American flag even dropping nuclear weapons on people is fine and in the name of freedom.
Also those secret societies you mention are full of a bunch of hive minded people that love to hear themselves speak and call anyone who disagrees a troll. Alt-media is polluted with them. Anyways end of rant. Appreciate the article.
I think of it more along the lines of ‘Freedumb’ and much of the US populus has taken it to heart, literally!!!
I agree with you on a few things you said, however you are misrepresenting the American Indian society as merely a “peaceful civilization”. While there were pre-European trade routes and economic federations between Indian tribes, there were also generational wars fought between many tribes. Young men were raised to be hunters and warriors, much like the Celtic and Nordic tribes of Europe, among many other tribes throughout the entire globe. Peace has always been a fleeting and ever-elusive concept in human history. You’re also neglecting how genetic evidence shows American Indian tribes are descendants of Asiatic Nomads, who more than likely committed acts of genocide on an even earlier (and more than likely weaker) Indigenous American people as they spread throughout the American continents for nearly a dozen millennia (or more). Mankind’s history is bloody and cruel. It will only get worse in the era of unmanned drone attacks and hypersonic missiles, especially when a government turns these weapons of war against its people. Biden even stated this in one of his ramblings regarding the 2nd Amendment and how the American government possesses F-16s.
Good points. Meant peaceful more more in the sense as peaceful with the land. They worked with nature instead of against it. Don’t think any history regarding humans interacting with other humans is very peaceful.
And fully agree the war machine is about to be turned on US citizens who disagree with .gov.
It’s actually quite embarrassing how out of touch we have become with our natural environment. The most experienced survivalist these days would more than likely be considered dead weight in the eyes of our tribal ancestors. Modern society has left us marbled and unaware. It reminds me of an Alan Watts thought I listened to recently. He was discussing how preposterous the idea of space exploration is. He said we are as far out into space as we will ever need to be and that outer space comes to us in due time, as long as we are ready and willing to observe it. But three cheers for “progress”!
Same wavelength amigo:)
As far as regime change in the 5 eyes + EU, I don’t see it happening from below, ever again. There might be a Kabuki Theatre simulation of regime change, similar to Oligarch Elon Musk buying Twitter to use this globalist data gathering and narrative control tool a bit differently, but no real regime change. The folk of these polities do not even have a generational memory of freedom or political agency. What they do have is a pretence at believing in honest elections, which puts the blame on the (alleged) bad choices of their fellows rather than their own cowardice. Thus as they sink into totalitarian hell, they can take comfort that it wasn’t their fault and watch sportsball and Netflix as long as the power stays on. IMO, there are two paths to a better world, the best one involves Jesus taking over. Until that happens, the best the folks can hope for is Mad Max, an utter collapse of national governance followed by localism. I’d rather live in Bartertown than DC, London, Brussels, Canberra, Wellington, or Ottawa.
It looks very grim. The Western elite have already shown indications that they are fine with genocide, and they clearly have the means to accomplish it. I think the best strategy is to sit it out as far away from the political action as possible. That is no guarantee, of course, that if you have a survivable environment, someone with the means will not just appropriate your home for themselves (watch Idaho of all places turn blue). But rifts do form among a corrupt elite, as we have seen with Musk (who appears to have changed his mind), and that’s eventually where their attention goes.
Barterton and a network of friendships is the best hope.
The empire has a few options:
1. Continue the fight in Ukraine using proxies (Poles, Balts, Romanians) until they are defeated.
2. Continue proxy fight using other European citizens.
3. Continue Ukrainian war using US troops.
4. When option 3 fails go nuclear and hope for victory.
5. Isolate themselves from the rest of the world and continue the war covertly and using scullduggery, aka terrorism.
6. Admit defeat and join the civilised world.
@Jiri: “6. Admit defeat and join the civilised world.”
“Defeat” of the NATZO-installed Nazi/Ashkenazi regime in Ukraine is merely the first step to “join the civilized world”. Full “defeat” will be when Russia achieves Putin’s stated goal: No NATZO nukes East of Berlin.
“Defeat” of NATZO’s expansionism will be “Win-Win” for the people of Europe as well as Russia.
Good article, thank you. Here in America with the advent of mail in ballots we are guaranteed fraudulent elections going forward. A small conservative state like Arizona for the second election in a row experiences difficulties counting votes for a week until magically the totals tip to the left. 70% of slow count election results go to Democrats making democracy a joke. I am tired of Trump, however his continued demonization is to discredit the 70 million people that voted for him.
Russian success in Ukraine can be seen as a victory for any freedom loving person, and can be an example for the rest of humanity.
Most (if not all) the countries the USA has invaded, at the behest of Zionist Isreal, had no Rothschild banking system. That’s what sunk Hitler when he thumbed his nose at the Rothschilds and made the Deutsche Mark. The assassination of the Duke Franz-Ferdinand would be on the same level as say assassinating Prince Charles, not enough to start a world war in itself: there were other things going on.” Orthodox Christian to Jewish, from Muslim to Hindu, from Aztec to Zimbabwean, from Amazonian to Cahokian, from Buddhist to Confucian Civilisation” and any other ideology be damned: it’s the Almighty Dollar in concert with the superiority complex at the root of all Evil.
Batiushka, I enjoyed your article very much–one of your best to date I think, and fully quotable. I want to add “Shinto” to your list of religions, and let me explain. It is not a monolithic religion by any means. As it currently exists (and also historically) it can be divided into several categories. The first is shrine Shinto, which has elite and folk versions, with the elite one being formally declared prior to WWII to be not a religion, but a codified cultural tradition, which became a propaganda organ for the war. In general, the technological elite do not believe in it in any meaningful sense, but those who still practice it find it psychologically grounding in an era of rapid change. The folk version, which can be “pure” Shinto (as defined by scholars) or combined with Buddhism, Confucianism or anything else inspiring (even Harry Potter–I know of one priestess doing that), is highly localized and emphasizes the land (agriculture, local geographical features, etc.) and gratitude for the myriad blessings (yorozu no kotora) therein. I find this form of it characterized by devout belief. Most of the priesthood I know personally, even at the major shrines, do not travel much, except for pilgrimages around Japan. If anything, they are isolationists.
My entry was of course controversial, but mostly they seem to be pleased to be endorsed by a foreigner.
Tokugawa Japan (Edo period) practiced isolationism. The Tokugawas were Buddhist, and their rule was characterized by Buddhist morality, but a mix of Buddhism and Shinto known as Shugendo, emphasizing wilderness experiences, was very popular during and prior to those centuries. In the Meiji period, when the elite realized they needed to modernize Japan or get completely run over by the West (like everyone else in East Asia), they embarked on scientific modernism and outlawed the lively Shugendo as an embarrassing sort of barbaric relic. Buddhism was suppressed as well (I think this has much to do with the moralizing by the effete dictators who had been shown to the door). Shinto was elevated, but also codified into a hierarchy, with anything identified as a Buddhist influence eliminated. Eventually it became the centerpiece of nationalism, with dissenting shrines “cancelled” (such as the Tsubaki Grand Shrine, which barely survived that).
After the war, Buddhism was elevated for the same reason it had been suppressed during the Meiji period, with the roles reversed. Shugendo is practiced again in various motley flavours, but modern comforts have brought about a decline in all religions in Japan, with the past three years being particularly hard on them.
I think that once Japan begins to be deprived of modern comforts due to resource limits, the young and able may once again seek meaning and courage through religion. I am among those trying keep a light on and a door open for that time.