By Gerard Menuhin
Tyrants and Slaves*: your future/your choice
Recently, I felt compelled to write a play about some starving folks who spend Christmas Day in an unheated garage.
The compulsion to compose this play derived from my hope to make more accessible to readers the warning in the last chapter of my book ‘Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil’, entitled ‘Communist Vassalage’.
Having written that play, it occurred to me that it needed some kind of introduction to complete the picture. I therefore wrote four short scenes, each with its own built-in verifiable quote, intended to emphasize the origins and evolution of our collective predicament. The entirety has now appeared as ‘Lie$ & Gravy’.
Short and easy to absorb though this 112-page work is, nearly no one has seen fit to notice or comment on it. I say ‘seen fit’ because my notoriety should have ensured at least a few nasty reviews from ethnics, trolls and fellow-travellers, not to speak of semi-literates and the like. I discount from the outset well-intentioned critics willing to try to grasp the issue, no matter how rudimentary their discernment. As the topic is inescapably controversial, it’s bound to evoke aversion and this usually leads to insult, rather than to discussion. In any case, in imitation of physical brawls, the tendency among commentators is that the dumber the voice, the more strident and opinionated it is. Yet here, there’s just a deafening silence.
Of course it helps to be humble and not to equate dislike of a book with incomprehension. If one doesn’t understand a book, the problem probably lies with the reader, not the author. But humility is an outdated trait and plays are harder to read than books, demanding as they do more imagination on the part of the reader. Such effort is unjustified in our mobile-phone-led society, constantly at risk from persecution by a prying, politically correct judiciary.
So I was mistaken in my assumption that these plays would elucidate my doomful prophesy. On the contrary, their message seems to have completely by-passed the reading public, always assuming such may still exist. I could of course try to explain the explication, by writing a brochure perhaps, on the subject of reading plays, which is a bit like reading any of those black marks on a white paper background, usually between covers. Don’t get me wrong, I say all this with respect, ‘Respect’ is my middle name.
To return to ‘Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil’ (not to be confused with ‘Tell Truse and shame deville’, as a Swiss fan read it, possibly assuming some connection to ‘101 Dalmatians’) – this book, vilified or ignored by the mainstream media, is merely an attempt at a fair assessment of history – and, of course, as the title suggests, to counter lies with truth. It was not intended to upset sensitive souls, convinced of, and coerced over generations to believe, a contrary interpretation of our past. To my way of thinking, it’s nothing less than essential to see history as a continuity, not as a series of disconnected periods. That’s the only rational and coherent way by which yesterday may be attached to today and tomorrow anticipated; the only way by which the reasons for ostensibly mistaken decisions may be explained. Following this unbroken continuity leads to a logical conclusion about the identity of the real beneficiaries of such decisions: almost never the ordinary citizen; almost always the power behind the system.
Most media are just accessories of the system, or, if you like, accessories to government’s misdemeanors. For example, the media have helped the powerful to perpetuate the belief in ‘us and them’, meaning rich and poor. Whenever the occasion warrants it, perhaps when a distraction is required, the public’s attention may be switched to this evident inequality. Then, some political party is sure once again to promote a program to ‘soak the rich’. There is certainly an ‘us and them’, yet it doesn’t consist of rich and poor, but of those within and those outside the system.
Wouldn’t you really prefer to be part of the system, with all its attendant advantages? To be allowed to earn unsourced money, to be above criticism, to get away with crimes for which others are punished, to enjoy life even if others suffer from your decisions? Well, you can’t. Either you haven’t been born into the right ethnicity, or you haven’t reached a position, or haven’t shown the ability to reach a position, whereby you may profitably be integrated into the system. Ideally, you would have to show both aptitudes and defects. For instance, an unbeatable combination of assets might include competence in a useful field, cunning, fundamental dishonesty and sexual deviance.
We may presume that nearly all the prominent figures in politics, the law, entertainment and big business have some dirty secret, and that they would not have been allowed to succeed, if this proclivity had not been recognized and encouraged. How else is it to be explained that so many politicians couldn’t earn a living outside politics? When you look at their grinning, complacent, lying faces on television, it’s wiser not to ask yourself where they’ve just been or where they’re going later, or what they do in their free time, away from their sinecures. Whatever you do, don’t let them kiss your baby, or shake hands with them. You never know where that hand has been. So, take comfort in the knowledge that all these people, these marionettes, are just inferior hominids; like circus animals, they’re rewarded for performing their tricks. Don’t look to them for help of any kind. They’re not accountable. No one in government is accountable. Not accountable to you, anyway.
In my book, there’s a series of photographs of such politicians exchanging kisses, just like any crew of Mafiosi involved in a shared illegal enterprise. They don’t have to use complicated handshakes or make cabbalistic gestures. Their openly traded embraces could be interpreted as anything from feigned camaraderie to mutual consolation for having been caught in the same trap; from reciprocal admission of collaboration in the same conspiracy to reminders of a joint masked assignation that evening.
So now we’ve identified humanity’s enemy: the system or the state, an amorphous governing mass which, like a giant sponge, regardless of elections, increasingly engrosses and monopolizes our private lives by forming and reforming itself in ways counter to our interests, and by creating new laws to defend its latest appearance. For instance, laws against something it likes to call ‘hate crime’ or ‘hate speech’. If you speak out against the system or offend its representatives, you may be punished for hate crime, or you may even be accused of terrorism. Even the use of the word ‘terrorism’, as here, may alert some government-installed electronic gizmo, allegedly intended to protect the citizen. The system calculates that the citizen would choose to be protected, to opt for security over freedom, would prefer to live a severely curtailed life in near-detention, rather than to risk some state-promoted unproven danger.
So, we’re faced with the ultimate choice: false security or real freedom. We need urgently to ask ourselves what the best way is to fight this system before it’s too late. Of course, most people would prefer not to fight at all; life is hard enough without additional effort. But sooner or later, what may now be viewed as a distant concern, certainly not an immediate worry, will become a personal threat. Take the migrant crisis. How long will it be before every community will be asked to list each household’s facilities, with a view to imposing newly rescued ‘refugees’, actually economic migrants, on it?
Eventually we may be faced with a still more lethal menace: another international war. Right now, there are at least four locations from which a war (even the oft-touted WWIII) could erupt: Venezuela, Iran, the South China Sea and Ukraine. Depending on their priorities, the warmongers may decide to escalate circumstances in one of these regions and so provoke another lucrative conflagration. Prior to both World Wars, populations had to be stirred up by atrocity propaganda to hate the designated enemy. It was the counterpart of peace-time advertising. How would you know which soap powder to use if the media didn’t tell you? Similarly, in the run-up to actual bloodshed, ordinary folk have to be informed about what an invented enemy has allegedly done to deserve their hostility. Only thus could peace-loving populations be recruited, dressed up in uniforms and counted on to kill other peace-loving populations, dressed up in other uniforms.
Of course the system couldn’t fool ordinary people that way now, could it? They’re far too well informed, aren’t they? Yet, hordes of mainly young people (but also some sadly misled older people), headed by brainwashed, publicity-seeking actors, have recently blocked the centres of major cities in their attempts to instigate laws against something they call anthropogenic or man-made climate change. As a young and, by definition, ignorant child, it’s much more fun to skip school, especially when the teacher encourages you, and to feel somehow important for doing so. As usual, such mobs are fueled by propaganda, paid for by those whose agenda depends on creating chaos, so that order, their order, may ensue. However, many scientists would agree with this view:
‘We found that, while climate change does exist, it is cyclical, and the anthropogenic role is very limited, it became clear that the climate is a complicated system and that, so far, the evidence presented for the need to ‘fight’ global warming was rather unfounded.’ (Andrey Illarionov, Putin’s senior economic adviser, Reuters, October 29, 2015)
But they’re not as noisy and aggressive as their opponents.
Whether in peace or war, there is a continuous element which bolsters the narrative: the lie. Without constant lies, none of this would be possible. So the only way to fight the enemy is with the truth. Legend has it that the devil may be banished with a cross. For unbelievers, a head of garlic might do. A more effective equivalent than the vegetable defense against evil is simply to tell the truth loudly and continually and tirelessly, while we still can. They can’t put all of us in jail — yet.
* ‘It has been frequently observed that our civilization follows the course
of the Sun westward: from Greece to Rome, from Scandinavia and Germany
to England, France and Spain, from Europe to America. It looks toward the west for fresh lands where it may build nobler cities and create more perfect forms of life, unhampered by the trammels of the past. It may be said that the west stands for independence of thought, free expression, and representative government: these principles are involved in the western conception of progress.
Beneath this great westward flow of our civilization, there are undercurrents
moving eastward. These are impelled by a spirit which looks back to the east, to the days of tyrant and slave, of luxury and misery, and incidentally the suppression of western culture. This spirit is retrogressive, though often calling itself ‘Progress,’ and its ways are devious. But the currents for which it is responsible are broad, deep and violent in their effect.
The following pages are designed to cast light on these eastern undercurrents
which have undermined western states… In brief, an attempt has been made to place in broad relief the inner structure of a system which has produced and still foments not only racial enmity, but also has even undermined certain civilizations and overthrown established national governments.’
(Father Denis Fahey, Preface, Leslie Fry, Waters Flowing Eastward, op.
cit., 6th edition, Flanders Hall, New Orleans 1988) quoted in ‘Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil’ pp. 335/336)
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