Notre Dame and the Identity of France

exerciseCharles Hugh Smith – As rationalists, we’re supposed to take the dramatic and profoundly tragic fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris as random chance or bad luck. But I cannot be the only one who feels a symbolic tie between the near-destruction of a French religious and cultural icon and the embattled identity of France.

As it happens, I am reading Fernand Braudel’s massive two-volume history The Identity of France: Volume One: History and Environment and Volume Two: People and Production.

Longtime readers know I have often recommended Braudel’s three-volume history, Civilization and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century, as essential to the understanding of the rise of Capitalism in Europe: Continue reading “Notre Dame and the Identity of France”

New World Order Panicked and in Trouble [Video]

taylorGreg HunterMark Taylor, author of the popular book “The Trump Prophecies,” says everyone needs to brace for the battles ahead. Taylor says, “God stepped in in 2016 and put Donald Trump in office to hold off the New World Order agenda. Basically, they had an agenda with a timeline. It’s written right there down on the Georgia Guide Stones. They are trying to push the agenda because they know they are in trouble.

This wasn’t supposed to happen for a while yet. So, now, they are panicking. This is why you are seeing this stuff with the wall. This is why you are seeing all these elites starting to panic, and the panic is starting to set in because their global agenda has been denied by the Most High God as far as the timing is concerned. God is holding it off right now. So, they are trying to push their agenda ahead.” Continue reading “New World Order Panicked and in Trouble [Video]”

John Kerry Tells Davos Elite: Donald Trump MUST Resign

kerrySean Adl-Tabatabai – Former Secretary of State John Kerry told his elite cronies at Davos that President Donald Trump must resign immediately.

Asked what message he has for the U.S. President, Kerry told attendees of the World Economic Forum that Trump doesn’t take his position “seriously” enough and should “resign.” Continue reading “John Kerry Tells Davos Elite: Donald Trump MUST Resign”

Investigator Uncovers International Pedophile Ring Protected by Police and Intelligence Agencies

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Pedophile Jimmy Savile with Prince Charles

Sean Adl-Tabatabai – An investigator has uncovered damning new evidence of an elite international pedophile ring being protected by senior members of the police and intelligence agencies.

According to the online sleuth, evidence has emerged that authorities have deliberately downplayed just how widely pedophiles populate positions of power in government and Hollywood.

Reddit.com reports: Occasionally, however, the media would pick up on a story such as “Jimmy Savile was part of satanic ring” or “Jerry Sandusky was part of pedophile ring, victim claims”. These stories seem absurd at first glance. Yet if they are investigated further, we are lead down a horrific and disturbing rabbit hole of pedophiles populating positions of power in government, finance, and entertainment.

This post will lay out the evidence for an international pedophile ring of massive proportions. The information contained within is of tremendous importance, for we are sitting on our very own modern holocaust, a holocaust of children. I promise that this statement is by no means an exaggeration, and urge you to not be scared away by these walls of text, which are as concise as possible while still conveying the necessary information. Throughout, I will be completely transparent with my sources, and will not beat you over the head with conclusions, but rather present you with evidence and let you decide for yourselves. Continue reading “Investigator Uncovers International Pedophile Ring Protected by Police and Intelligence Agencies”

The Dead Giveaways of Imperial Decline

wealthCharles Hugh Smith – Identifying the tell-tale signs of Imperial decay and decline is a bit of a parlor game. The hubris of an increasingly incestuous and out-of-touch leadership, dismaying extremes of wealth inequality, self-serving, avaricious Elites, rising dependency of the lower classes on free Bread and Circuses provided by a government careening toward insolvency due to stagnating tax revenues and vast over-reach–these are par for the course of self-reinforcing Imperial decay.

Sir John Glubb listed a few others in his seminal essay on the end of empires The Fate of Empires, what might be called the dynamics of decadence:

(a) A growing love of money as an end in itself.

(b) A lengthy period of wealth and ease, which makes people complacent. They lose their edge; they forget the traits (confidence, energy, hard work) that built their civilization.

(c) Selfishness and self-absorption.

(d) Loss of any sense of duty to the common good.

Glubb included the following in his list of the characteristics of decadence:

— an increase in frivolity, hedonism, materialism and the worship of unproductive celebrity (paging any Kardashians in the venue…)

— a loss of social cohesion

— willingness of an increasing number to live at the expense of a bloated bureaucratic state

Historian Peter Turchin, whom I have often excerpted here, listed three disintegrative forces that gnaw away the fibers of an Imperial economy and social order: Continue reading “The Dead Giveaways of Imperial Decline”