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Saving Remnant Allegory
As a general term, "civilization" refers to any society with a high level of cultural and technological development and specifically a society that has a capitol city or territorial state. A civilization possesses highly developed social and cultural structures and institutions and is marked by refinement in taste and manners; its people are cultured and polished. Historically, certain persons or groups have been called "civilized" to set them apart from barbarians, savages, and primitive peoples.
If we were to limit the term "civilization" to only those cultures that are "civilized," in the sense of showing evidence of moral and intellectual advancement, humane, ethical, and reasonable, then we would have to say that there have been no civilizations, only partially civilized cultures or groups
A culture could be described as civilized if it contains a significant number of civilized humans. As such, there have been very few civilized societies, but quite a number of civilized individuals. Using the criteria we've set forth, we can say that only these groups have been civilized:
- Perennialists 1 or those influenced by the Perennial tradition
- Fifth-century (BCE) Athenian groups (Socrates, Diotima, Plato, Aristotle, Xenephon)
- First through second century (CE) esoteric gnostic Christian groups (Jesus, Paul, Clement of Alexandria, Marcion, Valentinus, Origen)
- Third through fifth century (CE) Neo-Platonic groups (Ammonius Saccus, Plotinus, Iamblichus, Plutarch, Theon, Origen, Porphyry, Theodorus of Asine, Syrianus, Hypatia, Proclus, John Philoponus, Damascius, Olympiodorus of Thebes, Erennius, Simplicius, Boethius)
- Fourteenth through seventeenth century (CE) Renaissance groups
- Eighteenth-century (CE) Enlightenment groups
- Twenty-first century (CE) conceptual and realized prototypes:
We would not understand what a civilized culture--or civilization--is without Plato's explication of this Form in his dialogues and writings, especially his Commonwealth, and in his own philosophical and political efforts to overcome the capitalist menace of his day, the Persian Empire.
The Destruction of All Civilizations by Capitalist BarbarismThis essay explains how all the principles and structures of previously-existing civilizations have been destroyed by capitalist barbarism. It's essential that we understand how this occurred--and why--so that we can now begin the challenging process of building an authentic commonwealth civilization. It is also necessary, at the same time, to understand that some of the pre-eminent elements of human civilization have been preserved by the ultimately triumphant forces of Supersensible Goodness.
Civilizations, nations, or cultures are annihilated by external cultures as illustrated in this chart:
Civilization Its Dates Universal Empire Invading Culture Their Dates Mesopotamian 6000 B.C.--300 B.C. Assyrian/Persian Greeks 335 B.C--300 B.C. Egyptian 5500 B-C.-300 B.C. Egyptian Greeks 334 B.C.-300 B.C. Cretan 3500 B.C.-1150 B.C. Minoan-Mycenaean Dorian and Greeks 1200 B.C.- 1000 B.C. Indic 3500 B.C- 1700 B.C. Harappa? Aryans 1800 B.C.- 1600 B.C. Canaanite 2200 B.C-1OO B.C. Punic Romans 264 B.C-146 B.C. Sinic 2000 B.C.-400 CE Chin and Han Ural-Altaic 200-500 CE Hittite 1800- 1150 CE Hittite Indo-European 1200 B.C.-1000 CE Classical 1150 B.C.-500 CE Roman Germanic 350-600 CE Andean 1500 B.C.-1600 CE Inca Western 500 BC-1945 CE Mayan 1000 B.C.-1550 CE Aztec Western 500 BC-1945 CE. Hindu 1800 B.C.-1900 CE Mogul Capitalist Barbarism 5000 B.C.-? Chinese 400-1945 CE CE Manchu Capitalist Barbarism 5000 BC-? Japanese 850 B.C.-1945 CE Tokugawa Capitalist Barbarism 5000 BC-? Islamic 500 B.C.-1945 CE Ottoman Capitalist Barbarism 5000 BC-? Orthodox 350 B.C.-1945 CE Soviet Capitalist Barbarism 5000B.C.-? Western 500 B.C.-1945 CE Europe & United States Capitalist Barbarism 5000 BC-?
The above chart indicates that the forms and principles of Western Civilization were finally destroyed by capitalism in 1945 CE. This is the date when the capitalist cabal dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The demonic, unjustifiable murder of 90,000-166,000 people in Hiroshima and 60,000-80,000 in Nagasaki, with roughly half of the deaths in each city occurring on the first day, effectively put the final end to Western Civilization. A culture ceases to be a civlization (civilized society) and becomes a barbaric anarchy when it commits outrageous, heinous acts.
"In [July] 1945. . . Secretary of War Stimson, visiting my headquarters in Germany, informed me that our government was preparing to drop an atomic bomb on Japan. I was one of those who felt that there were a number of cogent reasons to question the wisdom of such an act . . the Secretary, upon giving me the news of the successful bomb test in New Mexico, and of the plan for using it, asked for my reaction, apparently expecting a vigorous assent.
"During his recitation of the relevant facts, I had been conscious of a feeling of depression and so I voiced to him my grave misgivings, first on the basis of my belief that Japan was already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary, and secondly because I thought that our country should avoid shocking world opinion by the use of a weapon whose employment was, I thought, no longer mandatory as a measure to save American lives. It was my belief that Japan was, at that very moment, seeking some way to surrender with a minimum loss of 'face'. The Secretary was deeply perturbed by my attitude. . ."
Dwight D. Eishenhower, Mandate For Change, 1963
Some might argue that the end of Western Civilization occurred in 1971 when US President Richard Nixon announced America's bankruptcy--stating that America would no longer redeem its currency in gold. Or they might take the 1963 assassination of JFK or the false-flag 9/11 atrocity perpetrated by the capitalist cabal to constitute the end of Western Civilization. The financial bankruptcy of America and the planned murder of JFK are testimony to the cabal's total barbaric, murderous nature that revealed itself earlier in the senseless annihilation of hundreds of thousands of innocent Japanese people in 1945. Since that date the United States and other nations which once made up Western Civilization, have been under the complete dominance of the barbaric capitalist ideology.
Phases of Barbaric Capitalism's Destruction of All Human CivilizationsDefining capitalism as the private ownership of the means of production, we can say that this mode of economic control began early in human history. For a brief moment in pre-historic time, humans appear to have ordered their lives in communal fashion, with the means of production being owned by all members of the community. But by 5000 BCE, capitalists--private owners of property (tools, land, slaves, food)--were in control of all societies, exploiting and destroying the working class.
The modern capitalist invasion began as early as 1000 CE. Contemporary capitalism--best described as imperialistic, militaristic, fascistic capitalism--began its conquest of the world in 1492 CE, with the expropriation of South American territories and peoples by Columbus."The net result was the destruction of the [native] Indian civilizations and their Hispanicization-Christianization, or simply the total genocide on which the United States was built." 2
America's genocidal birth--and senility--indicates that the demonic death-seeds of capitalism were present in its DNA from the outset and would inevitably lead to its utter destruction.
The second phase of capitalism's world conquest was the colonial subjection of Asia and Africa to open new markets and seize the natural resources of the globe. We can see this second phase most clearly by focusing on the market for opium forced on the Chinese by the Puritans of England and the enslavement of African blacks and other native peoples for use as slave laborers by all capitalist nations.
The third phase of world capitalist domination introduced the militarist factor: the total necessity of war to keep capitalism afloat. Neither genocidal destruction of native peoples--through enslavement or murder--nor the imperialist conquest of new markets and resources were sufficient to overcome capitalism's internal contradictions: a system based on a cannibalistic ideology of dog eat dog. The economic depression that began in 1893 and the continual self-created calamaties produced by capitalist corporations were only ameliorated by the capitalists deliberately starting World War I in 1914. And the similar blunders of capitalist ignorance and hubris were only alleviated by the second World War in 1939, planned and funded by American and German capitalists.
The fourth, and current, phase of capitalist global conquest consists of an even more hysterical and insane expedient: looting through financial criminality. The old capitalist system of a supply and demand market has been scrapped and a new totally fascistic structure put in its place: looting non-cabal corporations and taxpayer money to give to financial institutions, with cabal fat-cats receiving obscene multi-million dollar salaries and bonuses accompanied by a systematic genocide of workers and privatization of community properties.
All of the capitalist phases of world domination remain in place; one phase does not replace the others but merely adds to its armamentarium. While looting continues apace, militarism remains as active as ever, with NATO no longer a defensive alliance, which it first pretended to be, but an offensive weapon of the United States in its imperialist attacks against Libya and Syria.
"The struggle of the people in opposition to the privileged class that controls the state, is the dynamic factor in our national development, the theme and meaning of our history."
"We cannot understand the role of the people in history unless we also understand the historical illusions which misrepresent history in order to serve the interests of privileged classes. Thus culture must be studied as a weapon in the struggle of classes.
"Cultural history emerges in its truth and grandeur when it is seen as an unceasing struggle between the oppressor and the oppressed. This is also the link between the present and the past. The long battle against the oppressor is not ended. Man has not yet become the full master of his own life, of the conditions of his social existence.
John Howard Lawson, The Hidden Heritage, 1950
Viewing human history as a continual war between capitalists and workers, we get a better perspective on certain historical events that we would otherwise misinterpret. For example, we can identify only those movements which act against capitalism as truly revolutionary; all others are either counterrevolutionary or pro-capitalist. In this light, the so-called "American revolution" was not a revolution at all, as explored in an earlier essay. The "American revolution" was merely a replacing of British capitalist plutocrats as rulers over America for American capitalist plutocrats ruling over Americans, American capitalists who created the American Constitution in a secret coup-d'etat.
"The triumph of Imperialism leads to the annihilation of civilization. At first, this happens sporadically for the duration of a modern war, but then when the period of unlimited wars begins it progresses toward its inevitable consequences. Today, we face the choice exactly as Friedrich Engels foresaw it a generation ago: either the triumph of Imperialism and the collapse of all civilization as in ancient Rome, depopulation, desolation, degeneration--a great cemetery. Or the victory of Socialism, that means the conscious active struggle of the International Proletariat against Imperialism and its method of war." Rosa Luxemburg, "The Junius Pamphlet," 1915
The Devolution of Barbaric Cultures: Capitalism and Nazism
As we've seen, barbaric capitalism has ruled over all cultures since about 5,000 BCE. In that time, it has destroyed all civilizations. Our difficulty is that capitalism has controlled all facets of all societies, it has been a part of our everyday experience for so many centuries, that to most people it seems almost "a fact of nature." "What other economic-political-social system could we possibly have that would 'work' as well as capitalism?" people ask themselves, having been brainwashed for centuries to believe that capitalism is a predominantly positive force in human life.
We are fortunate, therefore, to have several historical illustrations of capitalist societies:
Nazi Germany is the most useful of all the historical examples of demonic cultures, because it demonstrates for all to see that modern capitalist societies are in essence barbaric and inhuman, thus allowing us to see the essential liniments of capitalism in all its evil and squalor.
Nazi Germany was created by the capitalist cabal that currently rules the United States and much of the world. One of the early underlings of this cabal was Prescott Bush, Dubya's grandfather. Prescott Bush was a director of the Union Banking Corporation, which the U.S. government took over in 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy Act. The U.S. Alien Property Custodian seized Union Banking Corporation stock shares, all of which were owned by E. Roland Harriman, Prescott Bush, three Nazi executives, and two other associates of Prescott Bush.
President Franklin Roosevelt's Alien Property Custodian, Leo T. Crowley, signed Vesting Order Number 248 seizing the property of Prescott Bush under the Trading with the Enemy Act. The order, published in obscure government record books and kept out of the news, explained nothing about the Nazis involved; only that the Union Banking Corporation was run for the Thyssen family of Germany and/or Hungary, nationals of a designated enemy country
This act by the U.S. government made it clear that Prescott Bush and the other directors of the Union Banking Corporation were in essence front men for the Nazis. By keeping news of this seizure quiet, the American government avoided the more important issue: in what way were Hitler and his Nazi cohorts set up, armed, and supported by the New York and London cartel of which Prescott Bush was an executive manager?
On Oct. 28, 1942, the U.S. government issued orders seizing two Nazi front organizations run by the Bush-Harriman bank: the Holland-American Trading Corporation and the Seamless Steel Equipment Corporation. Nazi interests in the Silesian-American Corporation, long managed by Prescott Bush and his father-in-law, George Herbert Walker, were seized under the Trading with the Enemy Act on November 17, 1942. In this action, the government announced that it was seizing only the Nazi interests, leaving the Nazis' U.S. partners to carry on the business.
These were actions taken by the U.S. government during wartime, but Prescott Bush and his collaborators had already played a central role in financing and arming Adolph Hitler for his takeover of Germany. Harriman, Bush and the other American and German cabal puppets had financed the buildup of Nazi war industries for the conquest of Europe and war against the U.S. They had also helped in the development of Nazi genocide theories and racial propaganda, with the slave labor and extermination camps as the result.
The capitalist cabal that controls America has moved rapidly to bring about the same conditions of dictatorship and fascism in the U.S. as it did in Nazi Germany in the 1930s. One of the first major thrusts toward fascism began during the Bush I takeover of the Reagan presidency. During Bush Senior's (second) presidency he pulled off the Iran-Contra drugs-for-weapons crime, the savings-and-loan heist, the illegal use of U.S. military force to protect Bush's criminal collaboration with Manuel Noriega, his man in Panama, and many other crimes of state.
Beginning in 2000, the capitalist cabal forced their chosen puppet into the U.S. presidency and have now put in place a mechanism to steal all future elections in America. As they did in Germany, they have now destroyed the bedrock of democracy, the right of citizens to vote for their leaders.
"The rise of Nazism was one of those rare moments in the history of our civilization, when a door was noisily and ostentatiously opened on to something 'Other.' What is strange is that people pretend not to have seen or heard anything apart from the sights and sounds inseparable from war and political strife. . .
"We shall never be safe from Nazism, or rather from certain manifestations of the Satanic spirit which through the Nazis, cast its dark shadow over the world, until we have roused ourselves to a full awareness of the most fantastic aspects of the Hitlerian adventure."
Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier, The Morning of the Magicians, 1963
Devolutionary Patterns of Capitalism: Nazism and Contemporary
The important thing that Nazi Capitalism teaches us about contemporary capitalism is the devolutionary patterns each evinces ineluctably.
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The capitalist cabal is:
"Faced with the challenge of an obsolete capitalism of generalized monopolies, in which the pursuit of accumulation is henceforth simply destructive of the human being and nature with ever-increasing power, the societies of the triad of collective imperialism (United States, Europe, and Japan) are currently embarked on the path of self-destruction. The resistance and struggles of the victims, although real, remain defensive, without a conscious and positive alternative project."Samir Amin's depiction of capitalism as obsolete and "destructive of the human being and nature with every-increasing power" is correct in all details. And, until 1996 it was true that capitalism's many victims lacked a "conscious and positive alternative project." However, in 1996, the New Enlightenment website and its accompanying New Enlightenment Movement were launched, and in 2011, a new vision of a Commonwealth Culture was published. These two events represent the introduction (or re-introduction) of a Higher Culture into the barbaric world of globalist capitalism.
Samir Amin, "The Center Will Not Hold: The Rise and Decline of Liberalism,"
January, 2012, Monthly Review
The intentional community envisioned in The New Commonwealth novella differs entirely from such entities as the "created nations" after World War I and II. The community is not created by merely taking over the territory and populace of a previously established locale (town, city, state, or nation). The cooperative commonwealth communities are newly formed groupings of persons who have become members of the community through screening and training that assures they possess previously determined skills, capabilities, and values.
A cooperative commonwealth community can succeed only if ALL its members share the requisite values and possess the necessary capabilities. Communities, cultures, and civilizations of the past have all failed because even when there were quite a number of capable persons--as in fifth century BCE Athens or eighteenth century CE America--the number of persons incapable of developing the ability of thinking for themselves--among other defects--meant that the entire culture eventually degenerated to the present state of capitalist fascism, imperialism, and militarism.
When you begin with a community, nation, or group containing a predominant number of negative elements, and positive elements of a non-Perennialist nature, the community, nation, or group rapidly or slowly becomes an entirely negative entity.
In each era of human history, small groups of advanced thinkers (Perennialists) have pushed humankind forward, revealing what persons are capable of, while battling the forces of degradation, ignorance, and murderous tyranny. But the ongoing struggle against oppression is ultimately insufficient--as one form of tyranny replaces another in historic succession. Humans must at last attain the understanding and capability that will enable them to create a higher social order.
The only viable way for this to occur is for a Perennialist, totally positive group to constitute itself as a "saving remnant," 3 separate from but related to the larger culture. This Perennialist saving remnant leavens 5 and fecundates 4 the larger culture with its higher knowledge and power, ultimately transforming the negative culture into a commonwealth. This actually constitutes realizing a new world in the sense of making real or concrete, giving reality to, being fully aware or cognizant of a world that already exists as an Ideal or Form. This new world is composed of essences (Forms) that Plato and other teachers within the Perennial Tradition reveal. Perennialist savants have inhabited this world since the beginning of humankind, initiating select aspirants into this domain.
A Perennialist group does not attempt the impossible task of transforming the larger, negative culture while "having its being" within the negative culture. If a group attempted to bring about transformation while existing within the larger, negative culture, it would be subject to the debilitating forces of that culture and ultimately experience defeat. The task of transforming a larger, negative culture, while existing within that culture and being subject to its annihilative influences would be so impossible that the task would appear overwhelming and end in dejection and defeat.
A Perennialist group locates its Higher Being within a Higher Realm in a separate entity outside the larger, negative culture--even though its members may have their terrestrial being within the larger, negative culture. The Perennialist group then leavens and fecundates the larger culture, ultimately transforming the larger culture into a commonwealth culture.
Building commonwealth communities is the only viable answer to current worldwide capitalist corruption, oppression, and murder of the working class. This essay constitutes, among other things, an Announcement of a Commonwealth Movement somewhat similar to Isaiah's warning to the Hebrew people.
'In the year of Uzziah's death, the Lord commissioned the prophet to go out and warn the people of the wrath to come. "Tell them what a worthless lot they are," He said. "Tell them what is wrong, and why, and what is going to happen unless they have a change of heart and straighten up. Don't mince matters. Make it clear that they are positively down to their last chance. Give it to them good and strong, and keep on giving it to them. I suppose perhaps I ought to tell you," He added, "that it won't do any good. The official class and their intelligentsia will turn up their noses at you, and the masses will not even listen. They will all keep on in their own ways until they carry everything down to destruction, and you will probably be lucky if you get out with your life."
'Isaiah had been very willing to take on the job; in fact, he had asked for it; but this prospect put a new face on the situation. It raised the obvious question why, if all that were so, if the enterprise were to be a failure from the start, was there any sense in starting it?
"Ah," the Lord said, "you do not get the point. There is a Remnant there that you know nothing about. They are obscure, unorganized, inarticulate, each one rubbing along as best he can. They need to be encouraged and braced up, because when everything has gone completely to the dogs, they are the ones who will come back and build up a new society, and meanwhile your preaching will reassure them and keep them hanging on. Your job is to take care of the Remnant, so be off now and set about it.'"
Albert Jay Nock, "The Weight of Orthodoxy," MANAS, March 21, 1984
Humans must overcome their tendency to ignore and marginalize persons with wisdom, gaining essential respect for those sages capable of preserving civilization and developing a higher social order. The desire for a commonwealth must come out of the understanding that other seemingly simpler and more efficient principles of social order lead inevitably to the oppression of society by a tyrannous faction. We gain this understanding by experiencing oppressive forms of despotism in the family, the workplace, and the community. By experiencing the oppression and life-destruction which these forms entail we gain an intense desire for the commonwealth way of life.
Unlike Isaiah's concept of the saving remnant as the "obscure, unorganized, inarticulate" residue that happens to survive catastrophe, our concept of a transformative, enlightening group in this essay refers to a deliberately created, carefully developed fellowship that possesses advanced knowledge and capability.
Reference and Updates:
- Samir Amin, "Imperialism and Globalization," June, 2001, Monthly Review
1 The Perennial Tradition is the secret legacy, the single stream of initiatory teaching flowing through all the great schools of genuine philosophy. A group with Perennialist positive elements has the power of transforming its own members and transforming other groups which it leavens or fecundates.
See the author's book The Perennial Tradition
2 Samir Amin, "Imperialism and Globalization," June, 2001, Monthly Review
3 A saving remnant is a small group which discovers, applies, and disseminates transmutational principles within its own domain, proving the truth and efficacy of its precepts by its own practices, then leavening and fecundating the larger culture, creating commonwealth communities.
5 To cause a transformation