Maybe all this is exacerbated by the issues in my ceiling and how careful one has to be.
There’s a kid next door here in a flat and he’s nocturnal, starts to come alive about midnight, which is all someone like me needs. The seeds are there for conflict. Had a word yesterday and he professed non-knowledge, though I knew he’d been up there looking for water leaks some days ago – his roof rains like mine.
The danger is that it might be furry animals or ghosts and not him – which shows the danger of ascribing to yoof all ills and the situation vice-versa – yoof blaming us. Yesterday, a moronic youtube was sent to me, via N.O. channels, of someone Gen X blaming all the world’s ills on the Boomers. I did reply.
It’s a cautionary tale all right not to conclude something without pretty solid evidence and I’ve just found that out at 4.37 a.m. The same scrambling noise, like low-level DIY, was now worse, went into the kitchen and there, on top of the now malfunctioning boiler, was a rodent face, peering down, it turned and got the hell out of there.
Trouble is, the back of the boiler does not lead outside but into part of next door’s flat. Thus I’ll need to get his permission to have a look behind the wall and maybe get into the loft. Boiler is showing constant fault now.
So, it’s in that frame of sleepless mind that, following the Steppenwolf last evening, I started reading this:
There are two major, conflicting points. First is that I became politically sentient in the latter part of that time, though still very young and I know what were the conversation points of the time without needing to read about them now.
Second is that the available reading from alternative sources online on those times, from Yuri Bezmenov’s statements to what we know of JFK now, RFK, Lennon, Manson, Jones, the redneckery of those Stetson hatted good ole boys, the CIA, Operation Paperclip, the psychiatric establishment, MK Ultra and Monarch, the Dulles Bros, the CFR and the occult influence behind much of it, not least in Masonry – all of that explains much of what went on and it’s not all that different to today.
Readers of these sorts of blogs have this general idea about the welfare state, lazy, jobless leftists and so on. It was a shock then to read of John Wayne:
“… I know all about that. In the late Twenties, when I was a sophomore at USC, I was a socialist myself—but not when I left. The average college kid idealistically wishes everybody could have ice cream and cake for every meal. But as he gets older and gives more thought to his and his fellow man’s responsibilities, he finds that it can’t work out that way—that some people just won’t carry their load … I believe in welfare—a welfare work program.
I don’t think a fella should be able to sit on his backside and receive welfare. I’d like to know why well-educated idiots keep apologizing for lazy and complaining people who think the world owes them a living. I’d like to know why they make excuses for cowards who spit in the faces of the police and then run behind the judicial sob sisters. I can’t understand these people who carry placards to save the life of some criminal, yet have no thought for the innocent victim.”
OK, so he’s not wrong and it’s the same today as then in the 60s, maybe worse, although the percentage seems to be around 8% at highest. What I also know and remember was that the issues were very real back then. Whether or not the Cuba crisis was manufactured, as Svali says it was … or not, doesn’t matter – it scared the hell out of the world at the time.
And I know that Vietnam was a criminal enterprise, exacerbated by Kissinger and those he represented. G Gordon Liddy has written on those times and though bignoting, he still covered some territory.
The story of John Kerry’s killing sprees for the hell of it also comes in. Sure we must support our military and many soldiers are being vilified by feckless leftists at home and yet there were the William Calleys, the Lyndie Englands, it seemed to attract them, the military – the chance to kill, legally. I met them in the military myself, was actually accused of being one.
Yet I also remember Kent State. We are very close to another one of those killings, what with the little toerags in university today doing everything but learning. I remember those days and how a film crew from some TV station came to ours and I saw them jump out of the vans and immediately start interviewing.
That night on the news was an entirely different story to what had happened. We were shocked. I don’t think we’d have minded going down for what we’d actually done – feather in the cap and all that – but to be accused of being criminals and bombers and so on, that was just not on.
Sure we’d had a sit-in and looking at it with my eyes today, we should have been given penalties of some sort but we were kids who saw the whole big world a giant plot by the capitalists – at Kent State, the National Guard actually shot dead four students? Sheesh! That was upping the ante, no?
Oh and who had radicalized us? Our professors, lecturers and tutors, wasn’t it? Just as pundits have been writing of late. Just as the world has been allowed to see on youtube, Twitter and Facebook. The manipulation by the Them-controlled MSM is … well, criminal.
And I met those radical Bill Ayreses and Stokely Carmichaels – I met them because I was of them at that time until a certain political epiphany. Here’s Stokely Carmichael on women, in response to a question at the Students Non-violent Coordinating Committee Conference, 1964 [Oxford Book of Quotations, 1999]:
The only position for women in the SNCC is prone.
Not a one-off. I met these people, looked into their eyes and they were violent people. Ostensibly on our side but violent. They walked in with authority, started ordering this and that. I ask now but didn’t then – who was behind them, these people? Who was behind the Weathermen?
Answer is partly, “No one,” they dreamed all this up. Answer is partly, “Alinsky, Kesey, Leary, professors, lecturers, Masons, CIA, John Phillips. Whoever used blacks to release AIDS were behind these people. Barry Soetoro was just one of these student would-be-radicals at the time, he was nothing special. The really bad boys are quite well known today. These guys were murderers, criminals and their cover was the social justice movement. Kerry was very much one of the radicals though not to the Bill Ayres and Malcolm X extent. Except in Vietnam, where no one could see.
I was at a rally in 1975 and my mate’s sister, a Stalinist or Trot, can’t remember which, was bellyaching on about the other splitters and then she told me to watch what was happening in the square. A speaker had jumped up onto a platform and was haranguing the crowd, Marj said to keep watching, such-and-such is going to jump up and shove the other one off the platform.
Sure enough, said person did and I remember he was dressed in a suit, not in the student garb. It’s these ones – they’re the ones needing the watching.
There’s evidence today that both sides in these conflicts were bad, that MLK did have that sex tape and it was held over his head, he was backed by communists, for goodness sake. Broadening this, Lucille Ball was a major organizer for them. Yes, she of I Love Lucy. There was so much went on behind the scenes. On that panel show What’s My Line, the quiet, unassuming little husband of Arlene Francis – he was an active member of the communists.
I was at those conferences, as a paid-up Fabian/anarchist – could never make up my mind which I wanted to be – and the sheer wastage, the utter [‘scuse my French] wankery of those people – it was a giant turn-off.
What stopped it all for me? Two things. Firstly I got a job.
Secondly, the Young Conservatives had the better wimmin and parties.
Meanwhile, it was becoming hip for the business world to jump on board and we see the extension of that today:
Even before the counterculture movement reached its peak of influence, the concept of the adoption of socially-responsible policies by establishment corporations was discussed by economist and Nobel laureate Milton Friedman(1962):
“Few trends could so thoroughly undermine the very foundation of our free society as the acceptance by corporate officials of a social responsibility other than to make as much money for their stockholders as possible. This is a fundamentally subversive doctrine. If businessmen do have a social responsibility other than making maximum profits for stockholders, how are they to know what it is? Can self-selected private individuals decide what the social interest is?”
Don’t know about you but I keep jumping from agreeing with him on that to actually wishing to see the forests saved and no cruelty to animals. There are outposts of truth all over the place, across the spectrum. And there is also deep wankery, moreso today on the left than the right but that’s an opinion.
And people are running about like headless chickens, responding to the latest scare, only Nanny to save them. We’re being manipulated, yes but how to counter this? So often I see even friends, me too, sucked in by an apparent truth. Does it even matter that there were agents provocateurs who created the dilemma? Does it make the dilemma less real? Are the Muslim invaders real or not real, whoever facilitated their entry?
Time for brekky.